TRANSCRIPT GLC 4758
Marriot Arbuthnot. Letter signed: Royal Oak, New York, to
George Washington, 1781 April 21. 2 p.
Royal Oak, Off New York,
21st: April 1781.
If I had not been very busy when I Received your Letter dated
the 25th. of January last, complaining of the treatment of
the Naval Prisoners at this place, I certainly should have
Answered it before this time; And Notwithstanding I then thought,
as I now do, that my own Testimony would have been sufficient
to have put the truth past a doubt, I ordered the strictest
Scrutiny to be made into the Conduct of all parties concerned
in the Victualling and treatment of those unfortunate people.
Their several testimonies you must have seen, And I
give you my honor, the transaction was conducted with such
strict care and impartiality that you may rely on its
 Permit me now Sir, to request that you will take the
proper Steps, to cause Mr. Bradford your Commissary, and the
Jailor of Philadelphia, to abate of that inhuman<ity>
which they have, and do exercise indiscrimina<te>ly
upon all people, who are so unfortuna<te> as to be carried
into that place.
I will not trouble you Sir, with a Catalogue of grievances
further than to request that the unfortunate may feel as little
of the Severities of War, as the Circumstances of the time
will permit, that in future they may not be fed in the Winter
with salted Clams, and that they may be afforded a Sufficiency
Your most obedient
& humble Servant
& c. & c. & c.
Notes: * This appears at bottom left of page 1 but placed
at bottom of transcription for convention.