War Office June 13. 1780.
The board have the honor to inclose a letter from Lt Col. Conolly.
It being the opinion of Col. Macgaw, that L. Col. Conolly might be able to negotiate his exchange for Lt Col. Ramsay were he upon the spot.The board submit the propriety of granting his request to your Excellency. I have the honor to be with the highest Respect Yr Excellency’s Most Obed. Hble Serv.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
11th June 1780
I am just favored with a letter from Colonel Ramsey dated Flat Bush 25th Ult., whereby I am inform’d, that my Exchange can not be effected without previously consulting His Excellency Sir Henry Clinton.
Indifferent, as well as incapable with respect to military service, & much embarrassed as I find my Circumstances, I must beg the favor of your Honors to indulge me with thirty days Absence for the settlement of my affairs at New York.
I have already inform’d your Honors of the necessitys which press me to make this application, which have not since diminished, & therefor I flatter myself that reflecting upon the particular hardships under which I labour, I shall obtain the required permission. I am Honorable Gentlemen Your most Obedt Servt