George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edward Antill, 27 March 1780

Flatt Bush March 27th 80

May it please Your Excellency

Assur’d, this will be delivered You, by Mr Bradford now Exchang’d: I could not in Justice to myself, & Family, forego so good an oppertunity, to mention my Situation to You Sir; particularly as it is to escape the prying Eye, of Impertinent Curiosity.

Once more, in Anxious Expectation, of a Change, in our unfortunate Situation; we have waited the Result of the Commissioners meeting at Amboy: The Breaking off, that Negotiation (as we are inform’d) without Effect, has thrown a Damp upon our Spirits, and in a peculiar manner Affects me. It is perhaps, Unworthy a Soldier to complain, as he is to Lay his Account, in Similar Difficulties, upon his becoming one: but, when He daily Sees, an affectionate & delicate wife, and four small Children, heretofore Tenderly brought Up; driven from their Native Home, and encountring every difficulty of Poverty, & Distress, on his Account; it calls up, in him, the feelings of an Humane Husband, and a Tender, & affectionate father: It would be unpolite, to detain Your Excellency, with a Detail of personal Sufferings; But appealing to your well known Tender feelings, & Humanity, I most Earnestly Request: you will endeavour my Exchange, on the Ground of my peculiar Situation: as I know of but one, of my Rank before me in Turn, and he a Single Man. Or that you would be graciously pleased, to order a Reasonable provision to be made, for my Wife, & Family in our lines, where I would Send them, (being unable any Longer to support them Here) and then if we are to continue Prisoners, Let England, Hallifax or Prison Ships, be our Doom I hope the Same Love of my Country, that dri[ves] my Sword, will Support me with a Manly fortitude, thrô Every Scene of Accumulated Distress.

With a Wish for a line from Col. Harrison in Return to this by any officer Coming in who could bring it. I have the Honor to be your Excellencies most Obedt & Most Hble Servt

Edwd Antill

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