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To George Washington from James Duane, 11 January 1779

From James Duane

Philad. 11th Jany 1779

Sir

The enclosed papers have this day been referred to the Committee of Conference with your Excellency: Not with any View to the immediate Contents of those papers: but to introduce a general Enquiry whether Humanity & policy demand from Congress a further proposition for the Exchange of Prisoners? Upon this great Point we wish in a free Conference to consider the State of the Prisoners on both sides & to have the Opinion of the Commander in Chief.1 I am with the greatest Respect Sir your Excellency’s most Obedient humble Servant

Jas Duane

ALS, DLC:GW.

1The enclosures have not been identified.

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