Head Quarters, 12th Mar. 1783
I have received your favor of the 3d Inst. requestg Liberty to pass into Virginia—It has long since been an established principle with me, to admit no Citizen from the Enemy’s Lines to pass into any of the States, without first obtaing the Permission & Consent of the Executive of the individual State into which he wishes to be admitted.
Agreeable to this Idea, you will please to observe, that your Application in the first Instance, should be made to the Govr of Virginia—If you think proper to Do this, & permission is obtained from the Civil power of the State for the purpose you wish, my passport will be readily granted to you.
Should you address a Letter to the Executive of Virginia, under Cover to me, I will put it into the proper Channel for Conveyance. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.