George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Walton, 13 August 1781

Head Quarters Dobbs’s Ferry 13th Augt 1781.


I am honored with your favr of the 7th—I can with no propriety give a decided opinion upon the matter which you have been pleased to refer to me, without being acquainted with what has previously passed between the Commissaries of prisoners or Commissioners for settling a Cartel respecting the Rank of Mr Elbert. If he has been heretofore claimed by the enemy as a Brigadier of Militia and allowed as such by us, he is undoubtedly released by the terms of the Cartel lately established—If on the contrary he has been considered as a Continental Colonel, he must await his exchange—The matter seems to rest upon the determination of the above simple facts. I am unacquainted with any thing relating to the case of Govr Wright.

It is no small addition to the pleasure I feel upon the favorable turn of affairs to the southward to find that it is the general opinion that the happy change has been wrought, almost solely, by the personal abilities of Major Genl Greene. My long acquaintance with the merits of that valuable Officer made me certain that his exertions, even if not successful, would justify my appointment—I must confess he has more than answered my warmest expectations. I have the honor to be with Respect Gentn Yr most obt servt.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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