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From George Washington to Elias Boudinot, 2 June 1778

To Elias Boudinot

Head Quarters Valley Forge 2d June 1778

Dear sir.

I inclose you a copy of a letter of the 23 Ulto forwarded by express: to which I have received no answer.

Col. Johnson refusing the appointment, Congress have since nominated as Commissary of prisoners Major Beatty. I have forwarded him their resolve and desired his immediate attendance at Head Quarters.

I must again urge the ⟨great n⟩ecessity of your hastening here with all possible dispatch. The prospect of the enemies moving The present circumstances and situation of the prisonrs in Philada make your presence at this time absolutely necessary. If their liberty is to be affected by exchange or parole it will be easier, in all probability to accomplish it where they now are than where they may be removed to.1 I am &c. &.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1There was a prisoner exchange in the offing, but until Boudinot reached camp on about 6 June, GW assigned his duties to Alexander Hamilton. For details of the exchange, see GW to Hamilton, 4 June, and Boudinot to GW, 28 June–6 July.

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