14-15 January 1781
Men and discharging them, upon which they give up their Arms—They have also given up the british Emissary & they were executed three Days ago—It now appears that Force is out of Question. I shall, however in obedience to your desire go down to day and see how Matters go on, and give you a circumstantial Account as soon as possible. I Am Sir Your very humble Servant
Ar St Clair
I believe it is doubtful whether the Ennemy have have left Staaten Island—they had not three Days ago which was about the Time I had been informed that they had returned.
Janry15th Since writing the above I have received Your Excellencys Letter of the 12th and can now inform You with certainty that Terms are agreed on, as I have mentioned above and the Commissioners are busy in settling with the Men.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.