George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Guy Carleton, 21 May 1782

Head Quarters 21st May 1782


I embrace the earliest moment to inform your Excellency that, your Request of a passport for Mr Morgan to go with your Dispatches to Philadelphia, is disagreeable to Congress, and cannot be admitted.

A Number of Inhabitants of the State of South Carolina, principally Women and Children, having under the British Administration, been sent from Charlestown to Pennsylvania, I have the Honor to propose, that proper passports may be granted from your Excellency for their safe Return, with their Baggage, to the State of So Carolina—And as these unfortunate persons have been removed by Orders of the British Commanders, I am directed further to propose, that the Expence of their Transportation shall be born by the King of GBritain—and that your Orders may be given for that purpose.

Your Excellency will oblige me by giving an early reply to this proposal—the persons mentioned, having been long absent from their own State & Friends, are anxious to return to their Homes, in the most easy and expeditious manner. I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedient and most humble Servant

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