Thursday, December 27, 2012

Relieving the Distressed

On December 30, 1776, Captain Andrew Snape Hammond, of the British frigate Roebuck, wrote to Robert Morris.

Hammond acknowledged information from Morris that anyone on a captured British merchant ship and brought to Philadelphia would not be detained as a prisoner of war but released on the first opportunity.  Hammond wrote that this information, with a statement by the Pennsylvania Council of Safety on an intended prisoner exchange, "has induced me to give immediate orders that every prisoner now on board the ship under my command here, shall be set at liberty without delay, being of nothing more ambitious than to prove myself on all occasions desirous of relieving the distressed."
 
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