George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elias Dayton, 22 June 1782

Head Quarters 22nd June 1782


I have received your two Letters of the 17th and 18th Instants.

The only object I had in view, in ordering Captain Asgill to be confined at the Hutts, was the perfect security of the Prisoner—this must be attended to; but I am very willing, and indeed wish, that every Indulgence, which is not inconsistent with that, may be granted to him—And so with respect to Captain Schaack.

When I first orderd on an Officer for the purpose of retaliation, I expressed my willingness that he should make any application he thought proper to the British Commander in Chief, in whose power alone it lay to avert his destiny; but I at the same time desir’d it to be announced, that I would receive no application nor answer any Letter on the subject, which did not inform me that ample satisfaction was made for the Death of Captain Huddy.

I immagine you was not informed of this circumstance or you would have prevented Major Gordons applications on the subject. I am Sir Your very humble Servant

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