Alexander Hamilton and William Floyd
to George Clinton
[Philadelphia, April 9, 1783]
We inclose Your Excellency a letter to the corporation of Kingston open for your perusal that you may be informed what is likely to be the fate of their late offer.1
Your letter [with the Concurrent Resolves of the Senate and Assembly]2 on the subject of the state troops has been committed.3 We think it improbable Congress will accede to the idea. We congratulate your Excellency on the further accounts of peace. We are just informed of the arrival of an officer from Sir Guy Careltone with dispatches to Congress.4 Tis probable they contain official information.
With perfect respect We have the honor to be Y Excellency’s Most Obed ser
April 9th. 1783
His Excellency Governor Clinton
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2. The bracketed words are not in the writing of H.
3. Clinton’s letter, addressed to the President of Congress, was enclosed in Tappen’s letter of March 19 to H and Floyd. It was referred on April 4 to a committee consisting of John Rutledge, William Hemsley, and Stephen Higginson (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIV, 229, note 2).
4. On March 23, 1783, Congress received dispatches from Lafayette announcing the signing of preliminary articles of peace between Great Britain, France, and Spain. Sir Guy Carleton transmitted to Congress the official notification, and on April 15 the treaty was ratified by Congress (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXIV, 244–51).