From General William Howe
Head Quarters [Aiken’s Tavern, Del.] 6th September 1777.
I am to acknowledge the Receipt of your Letter of yesterday’s Date, enclosing a Copy of another of the 16th July, the Original of which was received at Sea. In answer thereto I am to inform you that when you fulfill your Engagements by a general Exchange of the Officers in your Possession, & have returned the Soldiers now detained as Prisoners, for those already sent in by me, I shall consent to your Proposition for the Exchange of General Lee. With due Respect I am Sir Your most obedient humble Servant
LS, DLC:GW; copy, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, DLC:GW; two copies, P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers. The LS is addressed to: “General Washington, &ca. &ca.”