New York October 13th 1780
I yesterday afternoon received your Letter of the 7th Instant and am to inform you in Answer that it is my Intention to immediately exchange Major General Phillips and Major General De Riedesel with their respective families, and I have directed the first of these General Officers to write to you upon the Subject.
Major General Phillips has, also, authority from me to give such orders to the British Commissary General of Prisoners as he may think proper, and I shall approve whatever that General Officer shall cause to be done upon the Subject of Exchanges, which I have been long Solicitous for, upon motives of pure humanity, as well for the American Officers and Privates Prisoners of War as for those of the King’s Army including the Troops of Convention. I am Sir, Your most humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.