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From George Washington to Caleb Brewster, 23 February 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor 23rd February. 1781.


I have received yours of the 14th—Your return mentions the names of Eight prisoners sent to the Provost Guard—Genl Parsons says only six were committed—You should enquire of the Corporal who had them in charge, how this happened.

It is not in my power, at present, to spare any further number of Men for your detachment, as I am obliged to call in many guards, and weaken other necessary ones to support the garrison of West point.

You will dispose of the Boat, and what you took in her, for the benefit of the Captors.I am sir Your Obedt Hble servant

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