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Letter from Colonel Reed to Col. Seymour



Camp at Cambridge, August 31, 1776.

SIR: I am directed by his Excellency General Washington to inform you that he has given orders that Major French, and some other prisoners at Philadelphia, should remain at Hartford, instead of proceeding to this camp, as was proposed. Should there be any doubt of their parole of honour given at Philadelphia being vacated by this change of their destination, you will require them to renew it before they are allowed the same indulgences with the other gentlemen now under the care of the Committee over which you preside. Should they have advanced beyond Hartford before this letter reaches you, his Excellency requests you will immediately despatch an express for their return, as their coming to this place will be attended with many inconveniences both to the service and themselves.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient, humble servant,
Jos˙ Reed.

To Col˙ Seymour, Chairman of the Committee, Hartford.