Philadelphia 8th Jan. 1778

Sir,

I take the earliest occasion after being acquainted with the circumstances to make known to you the coming in of 2d Lieut. Eyre of the 23d Regiment of Foot from the place of his confine­ment in Maryland to lay his Grievances before me, finding no probability of being other wise redressed this Testament is explained in the Representation enclosed, which by his desire is transmitted to you, as a justification of his proceeding-He is nevertheless to be considered as your prisoner, and if he remains here, an officer of equal rank will be sent out upon his parole, in return for Mr. Eyre.

I must represent to you, that one of your officers of the name of Procyor, taking the advantage of a Flag of truce, has ventured to accompany the Flag to my advanced picket, manifestly from curiosity, which would have justified his being detained-however he was only warned of the impropriety of his conduct, and I men­tion the circumstance to you that it may be known such a liberty will not be again admitted.

The enclosed deposition of a Serjeant of the 16th regiment of Dragoons will point out the necessity of proper measures being taken for the security of flags of truce against the rashness or inexperience of your detached parties, which in the present instance, has happily been attended with no bad consequences.

With due respect

I am Sir

Your most (Obedient Servant)

D Howe

 

PS A sloop with flour has been received yesterday Evening for the use of the Prisoners here, but I am to desire that no more flags of truce may be sent by water, either up or down the river, with­out leave being previously obtained.

 

Source: Papers of the Continental Congress, Roll 168, page 454.