George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 16 July 1777

From Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

Peeks Kill [N.Y.] July 16th 1777

Dear General

I am informed General Prescott who was made Prisoner last Week, is order’d to Windham; I think it my Duty to express my Fears respecting that Matter, I am perfectly acquainted with the People there & am fully persuaded tis in his Power to effect his Escape at any Time he pleases, unless a Guard is sent there under the Care of a vigilant Officer to Secure him. The Credulity of Friends to their Country is such that they are easily persuaded to believe any Thing; & the disaffected are fully possesd of Means to carry him safely to Long Island without Discovery: As I apprehend tis of great Importance to secure this Prisoner I tho’t it my Duty to suggest my Fears On the Subject to your Excellency’s Consideration. I am yr Excellency’s Obedt hl. Servt

Saml H. Parsons

ALS, DLC:GW. This letter is docketed in part: “Answd 17th 1777.” That letter has not been found, however.

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