George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Mathews, 15 February 1781

From John Mathews

Philadelphia Feby 15th 1781

My Dear sir

As I observed Genl Greene had given you a full account of the victory obtained by Genl Morgan. I did not trouble Yr Excy with it.1 Nothing else of any importance has since occured.

I should be extreamly obliged to you sir, to inform me of the state of the buisiness respecting the exchange of prisoners (particularly those at St Augustine) by the first convenient opportunity. I hope yr Excy will excuse my troubling you with this enquiry, especially when it is considered, that almost every near connexion I have, are now in the power of the enemy.2 I am My Dr sir with the highest respect & most sincere Esteem & regard yr Obedt servt

Jno. Mathews

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.

1Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene had enclosed a copy of his first letter to GW of 24 Jan. in his letter to Congress of the same date (see Greene to Samuel Huntington, 24 Jan., in Greene Papers description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends , 7:185; see also Greene’s first letter to GW, same date, n.8).

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