Laneville 18th Feb. 1783
I have just heard a Report of my Son Dickey being at Newyork in his way to his own Country: He went to England in the year 1775 to Secure my Claim to an Estate both in England and Jamaica: In regard to the first, it was Soon Settled & adjusted; The Circumstances of the times, and the distance of place, greatly obstructed the other; and the Value being very Considerable; tho’ founded on the Same right, has been attended with difficulties and I believe is yet Undetermined; Tho’ this I can only know from my Son.
Will you be so good to Send to Newyork and know if my Son is there, and if there, that you woud take him by the hand, and give him you Letter to Congress that he may have their Passports to return Home.
When you Consider the feelings of tender Parents, your own humanity will dictate to you more than can be expressed by Dear Sir Your Excellencys most humble & Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.