Chatham July 10th 1782
Your Excellencys letter of the 24th Ulto I received the 6th instant—I communicated the contents to Capt. Dayton who I beleive will be able to give a satisfactory account of the two Officers alluded to in governor Livingstons letter. If I could beleive Capt. Dayton was not disposed to comply with every order received from his superior Officer he certainly should not remain at that place another day.
I have in confinement about twenty prisoners five are deserters from the Cornwallis prisoners the others are british and refugees taken at different periods, I shuld be glad to have Your Excellencys orders what to do with them as it is very inconvenient keeping them at this place. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys Most Hlbe servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.