Albany September 26th 1781
Mrs Fisher, a widow of this city, and a number of others have most earnestly intreated my intercession in favor of the widows son, Myndert Fisher who is under sentence of death at Fort Pitt. the distressed mother is informed that he is charged with an attempt to go to the enemy and convey Intelligence, [there] may be circumstances to recommend him & Your Excellencys mercy, and these If they appeared, I informed his mother, I was persuaded he would profit by.
I hope before the time that you are in the vicinity of Lord Cornwallis, may heaven grant that the no untoward circumstances may intervene to deprive you of accomplishing your views on that officer. All is quiet in this quarter at present; but we will probably have a [visit soon]
As they are before this advised of Your Excellency[s] movement and have nothing to fear for [Quebec] the peoples spirits are raised and I hope If the enemy attempt a penetration they will have a sufficient number to repell them. With every wish for your health and happiness & with the sincerest regard and affection I am Dear Sir Your Excellency’s Most obedinet Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.