Camp 6th Augt 1781
At an Interview with the British Commissary of Prisoners a few days since, I have agreable to your Excellency’s Commands demanded of him the Payment of the ballance of Privates due to us, I have inclosed for your perusal Copies of my Letter to him on this Subject, and his answer thereto: from the best information I can procure, the number of Prisoners now in the Enemy’s possession at New York amounts to near 200, of which near one half are Citizens taken without Arms.
The Enemy Seem exceedingly desirous to have all their Officers in our possession, Exchanged, and for this purpose have made the inclosed proposal, which I shall be happy to explain whenever Your Excellency thinks proper. I am with the highest respect Your Excellency’s Mo. Obt Hble servt
Commy Genl Priso
PHi: Dreer Collection.
Elizabethtown 1st August 1781.
I beg leave to make the aforegoing proposal of a General Exchange of Prisoners in the manner it now stands stated, which I am ready to ratify on my part, should it be agreable to you & if you choose to have the balance of three hundred and thirteen Privates due to you omitted; I have no objection, as they may be accounted for in another manner hereafter.
Com. Genl Prisoners
Augt 1st 1781
I am free to acknowledge the ballance of Privates due to you as per Account Settled this day, and should not hesitate to send out every private man of yours now in our Possession to be applied as far as they wou’d go to the Payment of this Debt, but that these Prisoners were taken by a Corps of Refugees Commanded by Colonel DeLancy who has a number of Prisoners in your hands, a List of whom was delivered you in May last for the purpose of their being sent into New York when I promised to send out whatever of your Prisoners might be remaining, and which I now repeat notwithstanding you are indebted to us four hundred and forty three Privates on the Capitulation of the Cedars which you cannot in Justice any longer delay accounting for. I am with due respect Sir your mo. Obt & Mo. Humble Servt
Commissary Genl Priso
Elizabeth Town 1st Augt 1781
As it appears from an Adjustment of our Accounts of Privates this day, that there is a Ballance of three hundred & thirteen Men due from you, 271 of which were due the 1st of March last; I am in the most explicit manner to demand of you the reason of the detention of the Prisoners now in your possession and that you will state those reasons in Writing.
I have wrote you several times on this Subject and am much surprized you have not sent out the Private Prisoners you have, in part payment of your Debt, especially when we have sent in your Men agreable to Stipulation and were to receive a like return from you. I am Sr Your Mo. Obt Hble St
Commy Genl of Priso