TRANSCRIPT GLC 4566
George Washington. Letter signed: Philadelphia, to Moses Rawlings,
1781 Dec. 12. 1 p.
Philad[elphi]a 12 Decemb[er] 1781.
I received your favor of the 2d. ins by Colo. Thomas.
The Secretary at War, Major Gen. Lincoln, under whose orders
the prisoners of War now more immediately fall, convinced
that a strict hand will be necessary over the British in particular,
is about removing all those to Lancaster and to this City,
where they will will be left in the Frontier Town.
General Lincoln will write to you by Colo. North on the subject
of assisting in the removal of the British prisoners. You
will oblige me by giving every aid in your power.
Your most ob[edien]t Genl.
Notes: Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, 23: 383-384. Lieutenant
Colonel Moses Rawlings was then the Maryland State commissary
of prisoners at Frederick Town. Lieutenant Colonel Caleb North
was in the Second Pennsylvania Regiment.