George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain John Smith, 3 July 1776

From Captain John Smith

Esopus [N.Y.] 3 July 1776. Requests the exchange of himself and three other officers of the 42d Royal Highland Regiment of Foot who were captured aboard the transport Oxford by the Continental navy brig Andrew Doria.1


1For an account of the Andrew Doria’s capture of the Oxford on 29 May 1776, see Charles Pond to GW, 19 June and note 1. The other three prisoners mentioned in this letter are Lt. Robert Franklin, Lt. Harry Monroe, and Ens. John Campbell. Smith had written a similar letter to Robert Van Rensselaer on 30 June (Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 4th ser., 6:1150–51).

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