Boston Feby 3d 1783.
My dear Sir
Some of my Salem Friends have desired me to assist them in affording relief to some of their Neighbours who have been captured & are confined in New York, a Prize taken by the Privateer [Active] was retaken & carried in there, the Prize Master & Crew belong to Salem & Capt. West the Bearer is furnished with Cash for their Use. I must intreat you to give him such Directions as may be necessary to enable him to convey this Money to them, If an Application to his Excellency Genl Washington should be necessary I know of Nobody who could so well make it as you—He has always my warmest Wishes for his Health & Happiness which I must beg you to do me the Honour of communicating to him & believe to be with Esteem your sincere Friend & hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.