George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Henry Edwin Stanhope, 25 December 1775

From Lieutenant Henry Edwin Stanhope

Northampton [Mass.] Decr 25. 1775


Yr Excellency will no doubt be much surprised at being troubled by one, who is an entire Stranger to You; neither should I have been prompted to it but by the Desire of my enlargement, which I dont doubt but yr Excellency will grant, when the Circumstances are made known, viz. (that Captn Wallace offered some Prisonners in Exchange for me).

The Respect with which I have ever heard yr Excellency mention’d, in this particular, encourages me to flatter myself with Hopes of obtaining, your order to Governour Cooke of Providence, who from his genteel Behaviour to me, I am inclined to think will readily be instrumental, in my Exchange, as far as is consistant with Prudence, in the present melancholy Situation of Affairs, & I believe, if I had an Opportunity of waiting on yr Excellency, you would be more ready to relieve me.1 I am Yr Excellency’s most Obedient humble Servant

H. E. Stanhope

ALS, DLC:GW. The manuscript is endorsed in part “Ansd the 4 Jany 1776,” but that reply has not been identified.

1For Stanhope’s capture, see Nicholas Cooke to GW, 4 Dec., and GW to Cooke, 7 Dec. 1775.

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