Head Quarters 7th October 1780
I find by the report of our Commissary of prisoners of the proceedings which lately took place between him and Mr Loving at Elizabeth Town on the 21st ulto, that he was willing, on the part of Your Excellency, to accede substantially to my propositions respecting an exchange of Officers, provided the exchange should be extended to the privates, prisoners of War, then in your hands at New York. This is perfectly agreeable to me, and I have accordingly directed our Commissary to take the most immediate measures to carry into execution, as well the exchange of those privates as of the Officers. I have the honor to be with Respect Your Excellency’s most obedt Servant
PRO: Carlton Papers.