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LIU Post. Brookville, New York 11548
Letter from General Clinton asking that some of his
officers be allowed to have their wives and children come to New York and general criticism of the practice of
"detaining women and children from their husbands and parents".
Long Island (?) (?) November 13th 1779
I beg leave to inform your
Excellency that Capt: McDonald and Capt Trevor late of the County of Albaney Are Now with Me. And agreeable to the
law of nature Are Very Solicitious to have thier wives and children Now at Albaney and Scanacaty permit[ed] to come to
New York. I have always thought the practise of detaining women and children from thier husbands and parents cruel
and opressive and indeed Unnecessary except in some few instances where or when or by whom this unnatural practise
was began. I cannot tell but wish it was entirely laid aside. The gentlemen in the Brittish lines profess thier willingness to
lay it aside and indulge the Unfortunate the enjoyment of thier connections. I hope the Americans may never be outdone
by Aney of the Sons of Adam in acts
[missing]...(?) with the greatest esteem your
Transcribed by Amanda Cintron