George Washington Papers

From George Washington to General William Howe, 23 May 1778

To General William Howe

Head Quarters Valley Forge May 23d 1778


I duly received your letter of the 10th instant.

Inclosed is a copy of a resolution of Congress of the 21st instant; which you will consider as a definitive answer to the propositions, it contains1—I shall direct my Commissary of Prisoners in concurrence with yours, to prosecute the exchange, agreeable to that resolve, in the most expeditious and convenient manner.2 I am With due respect Sir Your Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers; Df, DLC:GW; copy, MiU-C: Clinton Papers; copy, P.R.O.: Colonial Office, Secretary of State’s Correspondence with Commander-in-Chief, North America; copy, P.R.O.: Colonial Office, Miscellaneous; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For Congress’s resolution suggesting principles for a general prisoner 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 , 11:520–21; the enclosed copy is in P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers.

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