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Letter to Major General Charles Lee, November 14, 1776


George Washington.  Autograph letter signed:  General Greene’s Quarters, to Major General Charles Lee, 1776 November 14.  2 p. + docket + address leaf.


Genl. Green’s Quarters Nov. 14th . 1776.


Dear Sir.


As 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 was missing


This List (as soon as it is completed) you will transmit to Head Quarters


I 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 [2] 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


I am Sir.

Yr. Most Obedt. Servt.
Go: Washington


P.S. 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. –


G: Wn


Genl. Lee




General Washington

Novemr. 14th. 1776  No. 4.


The Honble. Majr. Genl. Lee.

at the White Plains  Express



Notes: 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.