Philadelphia January 4th 1781
Thy favour of yr 28th Ult: I Recd last Evening. This Oppertunity happening So Soon that I am not So fully prepared to Reply to the Contents as I wish to be. Am much Oblig’d to my Friend Pintard and happy in that my Conduct has gaind the favourable Oppinon of my Suffering Countrymen who have bin in Captivety in New York. My family being Sent out and now Settled in this place Renders my Returne not So desireable but being witness to the Absolute Nessessaty of an Agent for Prisoners I have determind (if there is no One thought of more propper) to Accept of thy Appointment to that Service but as I have (without any Other Cause that I know of than that of Rendering my Countrymen Small Services whilst in Captivety on their private Account) become So Obnoxious to Sr Henry Clinton that I am Something doubtfull his admitg my Returne to the Citty for that purpose which I thot Propper to mention that the Genrall might think of it before I was proposd--if its Agreed too Shall hold my Self in Readeness to Attend thy Orders and am most Respectfully Thy Friend &c. &c. &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.