Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Weedon, 2 April 1781

From George Weedon

Williamsburg Ap. 2. 1781

Dr Sir

Mr. Armstead waits on your Excellency for the purpose of Carrying into Effect an Exchange of some prisoners he will have the honor of naming. If your Excellency approves the measure I shall endeavour to Carry it into Execution. I have at this time a Flag sent to the British with proposals to Exchange the Volunteers taken at Charles City Court House, for an equal number of Marines taken at Warwick. If the Marines are not sent from Richmond I beg your Excellency will detain them till I can get an answer from the British General. I have also granted a Flag from Hampton requesting a delay of the Ship Sailing for New York with Col. Curl till your pleasure is known respecting an Exchange of Him for Col. Allegood.

I have the honor to be with Esteem & Rgd. Yr. Most Obt Servt,

G Weedon

Dft (PPAP); complimentary close and signature supplied from RC (Vi), which is in an aide’s hand, but signed and franked by Weedon.

For the background of this proposed exchange, see note to Innes’ letter to TJ of 30 Mch., which was also conveyed to Richmond by a Mr. Armstead (no doubt Moss Armistead in the present instance, as he certainly was in the former). See also TJ to Weedon, 4 Apr., and TJ to Steuben, 6 Apr. (second letter of that date). The note to Innes’ letter also lists the names of prisoners who were presumably the same as those Armistead had “the honor of naming.”

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