Philadelphia, December 5th 1781.
I am directed by Congress to inform your Excellency that you proceed to the exchange of Officers that are on parole; for an equal number of our Officers who are Prisoners of War, Rank for Rank; and where that will not apply to proceed by composition, as far as the enemy will agree, without exchanging Lieutenant Genl Earl Cornwallis. I have the honor to be, Sir, with the highest respect and esteem, Your Excellency’s Obedient & very humble Servt
John Hanson Presidt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.