Letter to Colonel Reed

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Thereupon a draft of a Letter to Colonel Reed, in answer to his of yesterday, was read and approved, and is in the words following, viz:

"August 22, 1776.

"SIR: I have laid your letter of 21st instant, enclosing another from the late Governour Martin, before the Convention of this State. The Convention are of opinion that no great detriment can arise to the publick cause in suffering the late Governour Martin' s wife and children to so to Staten-Island, and therefore cheerfully concur with his Excellency' s inclination to grant this indulgence. With respect to his father-in-law and family, they do not conceive them entitled to the same favour, unless Lord Howe should be disposed to liberate Mr˙ Bancker, late a Member of this Convention, and at present a prisoner upon his parole at Staten-Island, together with his family and Dr˙ Martin, a brother-in-law to it, particularly, as the gentleman who has made the application is at present a prisoner of this State, upon his parole at Rockaway. I am, therefore, desired to entreat the favour of you to lay this matter before General Washington, and to entreat the favour of him to propose this exchange to Lord Howe. Should a refusal be given to this exchange, the Convention are of opinion that none of the family should be permitted to depart, as they may be exchanged hereafter for more valuable citizens, whom the fortune of war may deliver into the enemy' s power.

"I am, sir, your very obedient servant. Per order.

"To General Reed."