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Richard Peters to Maryland Council of Safety

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RICHARD PETERS TO MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY.

War Office, Philadelphia, 19th November, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: An exchange of prisoners having been long agreed upon, but prevented from taking effect by the General' s being constantly employed in counteracting the designs of the enemy, it is now desired that no longer delay may be used.

General Washington writes very pressingly for all prisoners of war to he sent to Fort Lee, in New-Jersey, addressed to the care of General Greene, commanding officer there. You will therefore be pleased immediately to collect all the British prisoners in the State of Maryland, and have them properly escorted to Fort Lee, that an equal number of our suffering countrymen may be relieved from imprisonment and distress.

By order of the Board of War.

I have the honour to be, your very obedient servant,

RICHARD PETERS, Secretary.

Honourable Council of Safety, Maryland.

Be so good as to send lists of the prisoners to the War Office, with an account of all expenses incurred by your State on the score of prisoners. Please to have the officers conveyed separate from the privates, and let both take a route by which their coming through Philadelphia may be avoided.

[Same to honourable President and Council, Delaware.]

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