The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From James Fraser To Major Ichabod Burnet,

Has Burnet's letter of 13 January [not found]. The British officer whose parole NG extended sends his thanks.[1] Fraser is "exceedingly glad" that all future prisoner exchanges must go through NG or his commissary of prisoners. This "will obviate many Difficulties" for American officers and "Shorten the Distresses of Captivity on both Sides."[2] There has been a "most Minute Enquiry" into NG's charge that paroled British officers "have merely from a Proposition for an Exchange consider'd themselves as liberated"; the allegation is "without foundation and Groundless."[3] NG's letter to Gen. [Charles] Scott and the plan it contains are "Suppressd" until Lord Cornwallis "Shall approve of both being forwarded."[4]
Letter signed (MiU-C) 2 pp.
    [1.] On the extension, see Fraser to NG, 1 January (PGNG, 7: 36).
    [2.] NG's policy in regard to negotiating prisoner exchanges is further discussed at Moultrie to NG, 2 February (PGNG, 7: 239).
    [3.] It is not known what specific incidents NG may have had in mind in making the charge. Col. John Gunby, however, had complained about parole violations at Hillsborough, N.C., in letters to NG of 10 and 13 January (PGNG, 7: 91-91, 115-116).
    [4.] The British were refusing to deliver NG's letter of 13 January (PGNG, 7: 109) to Scott, a prisoner at Charleston.