Redding 4th May 1781
I was favor’d yesterday with your Letter of the 30h of April & shall as soon as possible send the Men you direct.
I find an Uneasiness arises among the Officers respecting the Appointment of several Field Officers in the Light Infantry under the Command of the Marquis; if there shall be any alteration in that Command, I would request your Excellency to appoint Lt Colo. Gray of the Connecticut Line to the Command of the Battalions from that Line.
Capt. Hunter is now with me respecting a Number of Persons taken when I had a Command to West Chester in January; who are not inlisted with the Enemy & whom they will not exchange; Six of which viz: John Shaeldon, Elijah Williams, Edward Bugbee, Abraham Lent, William Ryer, and Nathl Conkling on Conversation with Capt. Hunter I am satisfied it will be best to parole Home to return When cal’d for; if your Excellency should be of that Opinion I shall wish the Necessary Orders to be given for the Purpose. I am with great Respect your Excellency’s Obedt Servt
Saml H. Parsons
DLC: Papers of George Washington.