New York October 23d 1780
When I was last at Elizabeth Town at the meeting with Major General Lincoln I desired Major Skinner to mention to Your Excellency my wishes that Brigadier General Spaecht and DeGall might have liberty of going into New York in order for their being exchanged, requesting at the same time that, if Your Excellency should be inclined to accquiesce in the measure as proposed by me, you would transmit an order to the American Commanding Officer at Albemarle Barracks to permit those Officers setting out.
Lest any accident should have prevented Major Skinner from mentioning this circumstance to you, I now do myself the honour to propose to you, Sir, the exhchange of the two Brigadiers above named on the part of His Excellency General Sir Henry Clinton; If this proposition meets with your concurrence and that, in consequence, orders are dispatched to admit of Brigadiers General Spaecht and De Gall going to New York, upon their arrival at Elizabeth Town they may be finally exchanged against any two of the three Brigadiers Thompson, Waterbury or Irvine.
The Season being as advanced I should take it as a particular favour if you, Sir, will please to send your orders immediately to Virginia as the Brigadiers are both ill and one very aged. They will be permitted in course to bring the Office of their suite and attendants. I am, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obed. humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.