Head Quarters near passaic Falls 29th October 1780
I have been honored with Your Excellency’s favors of the 19th 23d and 26th Instants. The intelligence from the southward is most agreeable and important, and may, in its consequences, give a happy change to the face of Affairs in that quarter.
In regard to the application made by Colo. de Buysson to Congress, and which they have been pleased to refer to me, I beg leave to lay before them a Copy of my letter of the 10th instant, which was in answer to a similar application made directly to me. In consequence of my advice, he wrote to Sir Henry Clinton, but I cannot say whether he has granted him an extension of his parole to Europe, without that, Congress will readily perceive it does not lay with them, or with me, to indulge him in his request. Neither can he be immediately exchanged, without doing an act of injustice to many Officers of his Rank, who have been much longer in Captivity.
I am exceedingly happy to find that Congress have been pleased, by their Act of the 21st, to adopt the amendments which I took the liberty to propose in my letter of the 11th. I cannot but hope that the reformed officers will be content with the generous provision made for them.
Colo. Donald Campbell, who was continued in his former pay and Rank by a Resolve of the 13th Feby 1777, has continued to draw Rations also, ’till lately, when, the Commy of Issues to the Northward has been in doubt whether he was not precluded from drawing Rations by the Resolves of the 10th of March and 12th June last. The case having been referred to me, I would wish to know the sense and pleasures of Congress upon the subject.
In the inclosed York paper of the 25th: Your Excellency will find a proclamation of Arnolds addressed particularly to the Officers & Soldiers of the Continental Army. This unparalled piece of assurance has, if possible, added to the detestation in which they before held him. I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect Yr Excellency’s most obt Servt
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.