Washington. Autograph letter
signed: General Greene’s
Quarters, to Major General Charles Lee, 1776 November 14.
2 p. + docket + address leaf.
Green’s Quarters Nov. 14th . 1776.
an Exchange of Prisoners, is likely to take effect, as soon as the circumstance
of the case will admit, and as, in the course of the transaction, it may
possibly happen, that an attempt may be made by the Enemy to redeem their
prisoners by men in their possession, who were never ingag’d in our service, I
must request you, to direct the Colonels, or Commanders of Regiments under your
command, immediately to make out an exact list of the particular officers &
Privates who have been killed, taken prisoners or are missing in the respective
Regiments and companies to which they belong’d; specifying the names of the
whole, and the time when each officer and Soldier was killed, taken Prisoner, or
List (as soon as it is completed) you will transmit to Head Quarters
now inclose you, a Copy of the recommendation of the Officers for the State of
Rhode Island, which was furnished by General Green, and transmitted by me to
Governor Cooke sometime since; if the  Commissioners have not yet arrived
from thence, you will be pleased to direct the officers therein nominated who
chuse to serve, to recruit as fast as possible out of their own regiments, &
agreeable to the general orders issued at the White Plains before my departure
Most Obedt. Servt.
We have well attested Accts. of the Enemy’s having Imbarkd a number of Men –
& it is said for So. Carolina, but they have not yet left the Harbour. – I
was this day at Mount Washington and perceived some Incampment of the Enemy at,
and near the Bridge (Kings) but not very large; & it is suspected they are
removing towards Mo[inserted:
r]rissania in order to Imbark, but I think they cannot pass that Fort without
Investing it. –
14th. 1776 No. 4.
The Honble. Majr. Genl. Lee.
the White Plains Express
Published in Fitzgerald, John C. The Writings of George Washington. vol. 6: 279. Published
in the Twohig, Dorothy, et. al. The
Papers of George Washington. Revolutionary
War Series: 158-159. Genl.
Lee’s name appears at bottom of pg. 1 in original, but was put at bottom of
transcription for consistency.