Philadelphia the 9th april 1782
As your Excellency honoured me with the Promise at your departure from Philadelphia that in Case the Exchange of Prisoners of war will not take place, your Excellency would favour me to demand from the English my Exchange in particular, I have then the honor in my Disagreable Situation to apply again to your Excellency, in representing as your Excellency allready acquainted with my being discharged the Service for asking Subsistance, as my Lot will be again to Serve in the Army in Europe, I Could not Leave this Country Without being exchanged, and to Stay Longer to expect my Exchange, it will be a great Lose to me, because I have not another fortune then my Probity and my Talent. So that I would beg your Excellency to interest yourse[lf] in my behalf in this Case as well as in another wich Concerns my Equaly viz. that the money wich I received in the month November 1781 from the financier General by resolve of Congress November 12th 1781. to inable me to return to Europe was just Sufficient to Satisfy my Creditors and to Support my Self till this Day. I am therefor under the necessity of applying to your Excellency to interpose your good Offices in my favour to the Congress, they will prevail[le] as I hope So far with him, that he will order at Least So much money to be Payd to me as to inable me to undertake the Long voyage to my home in Europe. I hope there will be no Difficulty in having my request granted, Considering that I have been taken by the English and plundered of every thing on my voyage, coming to this Continent, that I have Served all this time as a honest officer and exposed my Life for the honor and Prosperitys of this Country.
in Expecting Redress for the many Sufferings I had to undergo in this Country I Pray your Excellency will be pleased to take my Case into Consideration and grant my demand or Such other relief as in your Wisdom Shall Seem meet, for wich I will hold my Self under the Greatest Obligation during Life and more. in Expectation of a favorable Answer I have the honor to be with the Greatest respect. your Excellency’s most obedient and humble Servant.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.