Motion on the Evacuation of New York
[Philadelphia] May 29, 1783
Resolved that General Washington be informed in answer to his letter of the 1 that it is the desire of Congress the evacuation of New York and its dependencies may not be retarded by a preference to that of any other place.2
AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. Space left blank in MS. On May 14, 1783, Washington wrote to the President of Congress: “I shall wait the Instructions of Congress before I answer Sir Guy [Carleton] respecting the Evacuation of Penobscot, in preference to his attendg to that of N York, and will conform myself wholly to their Wishes on that head” (GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , XXVI, 430).
2. The endorsement states that the motion was passed on the same day that it was made.