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Letter from Joseph Kidd to Thomas Burke
Kidd, Joseph
August 24, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 621-622


Halifax, Augt. 24th, 1781.

May it Please Your Excellency:

According to an Agreement of exchange of Prisoners, Between the Two Powers Great Britain & America, dated Charles Town, S. C., June ye 15th, 1781, having a Number of British Prisoners, Captured at Edingtown, Brought here & delivered into my Charge, I

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thought proper at the Expected approach of the Enemy to take advantage of the Said Act of Exchange & dismiss them under an Escort to General Jones. But one, John McCallom, with One Leg not able to follow the rest, tho' mentioned in the receipt of Exchange, remained Some time at the Said Generals house, was dismissed from thence and remitted to this place about a month ago. How to act with the Said John McCallom is the humble request, as I have not an Opportunity of Advice in Such points & unwilling to act by my Own judgment.

I have the Honour to be Your Excellency's
Most humble & obedient Servt,
Capt. Halifax Guard.

(On the back of the letter is this:)

Grant a pass to the Commissary of Prisoners in Virginia.