George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Clinton, 16 November 1780

Head Quarters 16th November 1780


I have to request a passport for the Sloop Carolina packet, Burthen Eighty Tons, John Durry sailing Master—Sheftall Flag Master—One Mate and six Seamen, from the port of Philadelphia to Charles town in South Carolina, laden with provision and Cloathing for the American Troops, prisoners of War there—and also a permit for her return to the port of Philadelphia.

I have likewise to request, if it be agreeable to your Excellency, that Mrs Mary Mathews, with two Black servants named Simon and Kate, may have permission to go to Charlestown in the above Vessel. Mrs Mathews would wish to be allowed to return to Philadelphia, when she has transacted the business upon which she is desirous of going, and which, I am afraid, is merely of a private nature: But as she does not think it can be accomplished, by the time that the Sloop Carolina packet will return, it will be conferring a very great obligation upon the Lady, would Your Excellency signify your consent to her taking some other opportunity for that purpose. Should you deem it inexpedient to grant Mrs Mathews request, in its full extent—you may perhaps, not think it improper to assent to the first part of it only. I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most obt and hble Servt

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