George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Boudinot, 16 August 1779

From Elias Boudinot

Baskinridge [N.J.] Augt 16th 1779

Dear Sir

Since my recovery from my late Indisposition so far as to attend to any Business, I have been looking over the Papers relating to my late Office of Commy Genl of Prisoners, and among them I find the report of my transactions at German Town just before and at the time of the Enemies evacuating of Philadelphia, which was designed for your Excy, but prevented from being sent by my sudden illness.1

Knowing how little Time your Excy has to spare to any unnecessary avocation, I should not now trouble you with a report of so old a date, did I not think it might by accident so turn up, that a knowledge of that transaction may become essentially necessary—At least I think the evidence of such an equivocal piece of Conduct in Persons of so high rank with the Enemy, ought to be preserved—I hope this will excuse my troubling your Excy with these Papers now enclosed—I also add Mr Lorings Justification of himself from the Complaints of Prisoners, which I promissed him to deliver to your Excy, but which has been delayed in the like manner.2 Am &c.

ADf, NN: Miscellaneous and Personal Folders; copy, DLC: Force transcripts, Elias Boudinot papers. The copy is misdated 1777 and a transcription of that document, with the date erroneously corrected to 1778, was published in volume sixteen of this series.

1Boudinot is apparently referring to his letter to GW of 28 June–6 July 1778. Boudinot had resigned as Continental commissary of prisoners in May 1778. For Boudinot’s “late Indisposition,” see Boudinot to GW, 4 Jan., and GW to Boudinot, 27 February.

2This enclosure has not been identified.

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