George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant General William Howe, 1 December 1776

To Lieutenant General William Howe

Brunswick [N.J.] Decemr 1st 1776


I am to acknowledge the honor of your favor of the 11th ulto and to thank you for your polite return of my Letter to Mrs Washington.1

Agreeing to the Proposition you were pleased to make for the exchange of such Prisoners as can be conveniently collected, The Gentn whose names are specified in the inclosed List have permission to proceed immediately to New York.2 Others as soon as they arrive3 will be allowed the same indulgence. At a proper season I shall require a return of the like number & of equal rank.4

Having directions from Congress, to propose an exchange of Governor Franklyn for Brigadr Genl Thompson, I would take the liberty to submit the matter to your determination.5 and to request your Answer upon the Subject.6

Besides the persons included in the enclosed List, Capt. Hesketh of the 7th Regt his Lady, 3 Children and two Servant Maids were permitted to go in a few days ago. I am Sir with due Respect Yr most obdt Servt.

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s and Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; two copies, P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft is in Harrison’s writing except for the last paragraph and the closing which are in Tilghman’s writing.

1The copies in the Carleton Papers both read “your polite Return of Mrs Washington’s Letter.” Only one of those copies includes the apostrophe, however.

2This list has not been identified.

3The copies in the Carleton Papers both read “others as they arrive.”

4The copies in the Carleton Papers both read “of the like Number of equal Rank.”

5The copies in the Carleton Papers both read “to your Consideration.”

6For Congress’s resolution of 23 Nov. directing GW to propose this exchange, see Hancock to GW, 24 Nov., and note 4 (see also 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 , 6:977).

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