Head Quarters New Windsor 8th Jany 1781
I have received your favors of the 18th and 23d of December. Soon after the Passports for the Flag Ship were sent to you, I was informed by the Governor of Virginia, that there had been a necessity of removing the British Troops of Convention to Fort Frederick in Maryland, I therefore, in answer to his letter, desired him to give permission to the Ship, upon her arrival in James River, to proceed with the Stores for the British, to such other place in the Chesapeak as would be most convenient to transport them from to Fort Frederick.
As to the propositions contained in your letter of the 23d December I can only say, that I am not at liberty to go into a further exchange of the troops of Convention, before there is an adjustment of the debt incurred for their support. I have the honor to be Sir Your most obt Servt
PRO: Carlton Papers.