Head Quarters 6th October 1780
Congress having received information that there were good grounds to beleive that a number of respectable Citizens of South Carolina, prisoners of War by the capitulation of Charlestown, had been seized upon and confined on board a Ship of War, have directed me to enquire of Your Excellency, whether such arrests and confinement have been made, and for what reasons. You will oblige me by making the communication as soon as convenient. I have the honor to be with Respect Your Excellency’s Most obt and humble Servt
PRO: Carlton Papers.