Marine Office December 3rd 1782
Captain Turner Commissary of Marine Prisoners informs me that he has made two written Applications to Mr Skinner the late Commissary General of Prisoners for a general Return and every official Paper respecting his Department, and has very good Reason to beleive that one if not both of his Letters have been received.
To these Applications he says no Answer has been received, and that Mr Skinner considers himself as accountable only to your Excellency. The Papers which Captain Turner has applied for are important towards the Arrangement of his Department, and therefore I am induced to request your Excellency would direct Mr Skinner to render a faithful Account of Transactions in the Marine part of his Appointment, and deliver up without Reserve all Official Papers respecting it whether in his own Hands or those of His Deputies.
If Lieutt Colo. Smith should have in his Possession any Papers which respect Marine Prisoners I should be glad to have these also transmitted to the Commissary’s Office here. With the highest Respect & Regard I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient & humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.