Westminster 15th March 1782
Your Excellency has no doubt heard of the enlargement of my Father from a very long & painful confinement, he remains however a prisoner answerable to a Call, & is particularly enjoined to make his appearance at the Court of King’s Bench on the 17th of next Month, not to depart the Court without leave; possibly there may be an Attempt to revive his Recognizance, should this happen I know his determination.
In my father’s present circumstances he holds himself restricted from corresponding with persons in any of the Belligerent States & even suffers the Mortification of Silence to my Uncle & my Sisters in France, he has therefore directed me to address Your Excellency upon the present occasion, purely to recommend in the strongest terms to Your Excellency’s protection & cordial Regard, the Honorable George James Ludlow of the 1st Regiment of Guards, who became prisoner at Old York in Virginia & is or lately was quartered at Fredericksburgh.
Mr Ludlow is Son of the Earl Ludlow, bears an excellent Character in himself, & the Earl notwithstanding Appearances has acted invariably the part of a friend to the Rights of America & of Mankind.
My Father Sir is persuaded that what is already said, will be sufficient to engage Your Excellency to extend every possible Act of kindness to The Honorable Mr Ludlow should he be in Want of Money, Your Excellency will recommend him to a person, who will give the fairest Exchange for his Bills which will be duly honored.
My Father further begs leave with his Love & most respectful Compliments to introduce The Honorable Mr Ludlow to Mrs Washington—An Acquaintance with the good Lady’s Aimable Family will coincide & conspire to make the Noble Captive as happy as absence from his own will admit of. I have the honor to be, with the highest Veneration, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & Most humble Servant
Henry Laurens Junr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.