<br /> Lee Letter: n148

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir:

Your Excellency’s favor of the 18th ulto. came to Head Quarters during
my visit to Count de Rochambeau at Newport from whence I only returned
two days ago. You may be assured that every attention shall be paid to
the Exchange of Colo. Marbury1 in his due
turn, more than that I cannot promise without deviating from a rule of
conduct which I myself had ever observed and which has lately been
confirmed by an order of Congress. I have however the pleasure to learn
that Colo. Marbury is admitted to parole and as he is, I believe, the
oldest Officer of his rank unexchanged, I hope his final release will
ere long be accomplished. I do not know what Officers were taken at
Kings Mountain or in any part of the southern Quarter, but should a
general exchange take place, due consideration will be had to the
remaining prisoners at New York.

I am etc. 2

Notes:

1 Col. Luke Marbury, of the Maryland Militia.

2 The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.