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Letter to Moses Rawlings, December 12, 1781

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.
Go: Washington
Colo. Rawlings

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.