New York May 21st 1781.
I have received Your two Letters upon the subject of Lieutenant General Burgoyne’s Recal, and also that dated the 16th Instant; the second of which fortunately reached me, before I had an opportunity of Communicating to him the Contents of the first.
In answer to that of the 16th, I am to acquaint you that altho’ I was willing to allow Certain Articles (as mentioned in a proposal carried out by Colonels Irvine, Ely and Mathews,) to be sent to this place for the benefit of the prisoners in our possession, to whose Situation I am always happy to extend every Indulgence that propriety will admit, yet, as the same reasons which then occasioned an objection to a permission of this kind for Tobacco, still subsist, I cannot therefore acquiesce to the proposition, contained in Your said Letter, with regard To sending a Quantity of that Article to Charlestown in South Carolina. I am Sir Your most humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.