“I am extremely solicitous.
“A father whose heart is replete with every parental sentiment, cannot wonder at my
anxiety for a beloved son. We have not heard from him for some time, he was taken
by Admiral Edwards, and carried to Newfoundland, and young as he is, he voluntarily
pledged himself as an hostage for the liberation of hundreds of his country men, suffering
on board the prison ships there.
“He was treated with all possible politeness by the Admiral and the British officers
on that station; but we have not heard from him since he embarked in the Vestal Frigate
with design to visit England on his way to France. If he has arrived there, and should
be in the same city with you, the highest mark of friendship to his parents, will
be an attention to a son worthy of the warmest recommendations.
“I understand the honourable Mr. Laurens was a prisoner with him, and asked the Admiral
to permit this young gentleman to accompany him in the ship in which he was sent to
England. This was refused, I know not for what reason, as he was immediately told
by the Admiral that he was at liberty to embark for England, the West Indies, or America
in four hours after Mr. Laurens's departure.”
The transcript's account of Winslow Warren's captivity at Newfoundland and passage
to England, indicating that he did not sail with Henry Laurens, is more accurate than
contemporary accounts including that in the recipient's copy, and in Thomas Digges'
letter of 3 Oct., note
; see also Digges' letter of 17 Nov., note 1