George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Theodorick Bland, 28 June 1779

To Colonel Theodorick Bland

New Windsor June 28th 1779

Dear Sir

I have received your two favours of April the 23d and the 31st of May. I was happy to learn that the affairs of the Convention troops were in a better situation than we at first imagined. General Philips in a letter to me bears ample testimony to the politeness of the treatment they have received.1 Your arangements for their security on the late incursion of the enemy were judicious and proper;2 and the representation you give of the state of things would make me less apprehensive on any future occasion.

With respect to the Baron De Geismer’s application, I should be very happy to have his exchange effected; both because it has been uniformly my wish to encourage exchanges, and because it would give me pleasure to accommodate the Baron in his peculiar circumstances; but I am not at liberty to indulge him with his parole to return to Germany, which is one part of his request. I shall direct our Commissary of Prisoners to make a proposal for his exchange.3 I am with very great regard D. Sir Your most Obedt servant.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Robert Hanson Harrison wrote the dateline on the draft manuscript.

2For this British raid on Virginia during May, see William Maxwell to GW, 3 May, and n.2 to that document.

3See GW to the Board of War, 22 July, and n.3 to that document.

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