George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Peters, 12 September 1776

From Richard Peters

War Office [Philadelphia] Septr 12th 1776


By Direction of Congress to the Board of War I have procured two of the Philadelphia Light Horse to conduct the Generals Prescott & Macdonald to your Excellency to be exchanged agreeable to the Resolve of Congress for the Generals Sullivan & Lord Sterling.1 I have directed the Gentlemen of the Escorts to stop short at some safe Place on the Road & send off an Express to your Excellency for your Directions in the Matter. The Generals are on their Parole not to attempt an Escape or take any Step contrary to the Rules of War, but to deliver themselves to your Excellency for your proper Disposal of them until their Exchange can be effected. I have the Honor to be Your obedt humble Servt

Richard Peters Secy


1For Congress’s resolutions of 4 and 5 Sept. regarding this exchange, see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:735–36. For Congress’s payment of some of the expenses incurred in sending the two generals to New York, see ibid., 818, 844.

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