George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 21 February 1780

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia Feby 21. 1780


your Excellency’s Letters of the 8th, 14th, & 17th Instant have been received and laid before Congress.

Enclosed you will receive a Memorial from Capt. Ebenr Greene one of the Hostages at the Cedars and an Act of Congress of the 19th Instant referring the Memorial to the Commander in Chief to take such Measures relative to those Hostages as he shall Judge most expedient.1 I have the honour to be with perfect Esteem your Excy’s hble servt

Sam. Huntington President

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 14. A note on the docket in the writing of GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison indicates that GW received this letter on 5 March; he replied the next day.

1The enclosed memorial from Capt. Ebenezer Green to Congress, dated 15 Feb., reads: “The Memorial of Capt. Ebenr Green humbly sheweth that on the 19th day of May 1776. he with about 300 others in the service of these States were made Prisoners of war by the Enemy at a place called the Cedars [Canada]. And that on or about the 8th day of June following Genl Arnold setled a Cartel with the said Enemy whereby the said Prisoners were redeemed & set at liberty to return home And this Memorialist with Capt. [John] Stevens Capt. [Ebenezer] Sullivan & Capt. [Thomas Theodore] Bliss, were to be retained as Hostages untill the like number of Brittish Prisoners should be delivered up to the Enemy in exchange for said Prisoners redeemed as aforesaid. And that on the first day of Jany 1777, this Memorialist was set at liberty by Genl How at New York upon his parol to return when called for. And that the memorialist is now called for & demanded by Genl Clinton agreable to his parol. The memorialist therefore prays the interposition of this Honorable Congress that he may not be compelled to return into the power & possession of th⟨e⟩ enemy. but may be relieved as the honorable Congress shall see fit” (DLC:GW).

The enclosed copy of the resolution, signed by George Bond, deputy secretary of Congress, and dated 19 Feb., is in DLC:GW (see also 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 16:176–77).

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