Head Quarters Newburgh Decr 16th 1782
Since I had the honor of writing to you on the 11th inst. I have received a Letter of the same date from Sir Guy Carleton; of which the following is an Extract.
"On this occasion I cannot help suggesting, that your Naval Prisoners here are in want, as I am informed, of many necessaries to protect them against the inclemency of the Winter. If it is not held proper by Congress that any exchange should take place, it seems however necessary that their confinement may be made as comfortable as the nature of the case will admit of. So much I cannot but observe, tho’ this matter does not properly belong to me"—Supposing the direction & management of this business to come entirely within your province; I have taken the first opportunity of communicating this representation; and have the honor to be, with great esteem Sir Your Most Obedt [ ].
DLC: Papers of George Washington.