From General Henry Clinton
Head Quarters New York February 9th 1779.
Being desirous of forwarding the Clothing, Stores &c., belonging to the Troops of the Convention, and also a Cargo of Wine and other Refreshments for their Comfort, to Charlotteville in Virginia, I am to request you will be so obliging to send me the necessary Passports for the Ships mentioned in the Margin to proceed to Richmond on James River, for that purpose.1
And as I wish at the same time to send some Clothing and other Necessaries, and One Hundred & Fifty Guineas in Specie, to Fort Frederick and Winchester, for the Use of the British Prisoners at those places, I am likewise to request a Passport for the Schooner Argyle, Magnus Crosbie Master, to proceed to Baltimore Town in Maryland with the said Articles.2 I have the honor to be With due Respect your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant
P.S. Permit me to desire the favor of your forwarding the enclosed Letter to Major General Phillips.3
LS, DLC:GW; copy, P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers.
1. The list in the lefthand margin of the LS manuscript reads: “With Clothing, Stores &c. Ship Polly—Reid Master. Brig Lady Howe—[Henry] Steady Master. With Wine & other Refreshments. Schooner General Phillips—Thomas Hare Master.” For GW’s passports permitting these three ships to go only as far as Hampton Roads, see GW to Patrick Henry, 13 February. For an additional passport to allow the Lady Howe to carry also to Hampton Roads £10,000 sterling for the use of the prisoners, see Henry Clinton to GW, 27 Feb.; GW to Henry Clinton, 1 March; and GW to Patrick Henry, 1 March (second letter).
3. This letter has not been identified.