From the Continental Congress Executive Committee
Philadelphia, 20th February 1777.
The enclosed papers were sent to our Office this morning by the Council of Safety for our direction upon the subject matter of their contents: but we have deemed it the more elegible to transmit them to your Excellency and at the same time We beg leave to recal your attention to our letter to you respecting these prisoners wrote some time since. General Gates, who is now present, and to whom we have mentioned them, says that he is of opinion that it is best to delay taking any Steps to release or exchange them for a short time, in which we incline to concur.1 We are, Sir, with esteem and respect, your Most Obedient Servants,
LS, in Walton’s writing, MA; LB, DNA:PCC, item 133. The letter-book copy is misdated “January 20.”
1. The unidentified enclosures concerned the French-Canadian prisoners mentioned in the executive committee’s first letter to GW of 9 Jan. 1777 (see GW to Thomas Wharton, Jr., 22 Feb. 1777, and GW to the Continental Congress Executive Committee, 27 Feb. 1777).