George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Peters, 13 February 1781

War Office Feby 13. 1781


The Situation of the British & German Prisoners of War for Want of Cloathing is very distressing & that Misery is chiefly produced by a total Neglect of the Enemy to send them Supplies. The Prisoners in Philada Gaol are perishing with Disease & Nakedness. The putrid Fever rages among them to a great Degree & we find ourselves extremely embarrassed in our Endeavours to establish a separate Hospital for the Diseased Prisoners by the Want of Cloathing & Blanketts. We have thought it best to represent the Matter to your Excellency that you may be pleased to communicate the Situation of these unhappy Men to the British Commander in Chief lest the Destruction which will necessarily fall on them may be imputed to a supposed Inhumanity on our Part & not as it ought to be to the Neglect of their Officers. We have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem your very obed. Servant

Richard Peters

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