Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Duties of Humanity & Kindness

British Brigadier General Richard Prescott captured American Col. Ethan Allen, berated him, and sent him to England in chains. Shortly thereafter, Prescott himself became a prisoner of the Americans.

The possibilities of such reversals occurred to George Washington.  Recommending to the Committee of Hartford, Connecticut "gentleness, even to forbearance" toward prisoners, Washington wrote, "We know not what the chance of war may be; but let it be what it will, the duties of humanity and kindness will demand from us such a treatment as we should expect from others, the case being reversed."

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