Annapolis February 18th 1781
Colo. Luke Marburg who Was Made Prisoner at the battle of German Town and still remains in the hands of the Enemy, expressed the utmost anxiety & Solicitude for a speedy release, his friends too, who are respectable are no less importunate for his return and have repeatedly desired me to apply to your Excellency to favor him should the opportunity offer for exchanging Officers of his Rank. as yet I believe none have fallen into our hand that would apply, unless it should be those Tory Colonels lately taken at King’s Mountain in Carolina. The peculiar Circumstances of this Gentleman are alone sufficient to recommend him to your Excellency’s attention & if there should be no impropriety in the measure I flatter myself your Excellency will instruct Major General Greene on the Subject of negociating the Desired exchange. It may not be improper to inform your Excellency that Colo. Marburg with a [ ] in his present situation, the pressure of indigence in addition to the rigour of a Close Confinement for a Considerable length of time, after he was carried in Captivity & the Sufferings of his Wife & several small Children in his Absence has Contributed to encrease his distresses. With the highest personal Respect & esteem I have the honor to be Your Excellys mo. obedt
Tho. S. Lee
DLC: Papers of George Washington.