George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Gouverneur Morris, 1 May 1778

From Gouverneur Morris

York Town [Pa.] 1st May 1778.

Dr General.

Knox is to attend the Council. Conway hath resigned & his Resignation is accepted.1 The Affairs of the Army are necessarily delayed by the foreign Affairs which have broken in upon us. As to the Half Pay Matters stand thus the Questions have been carried but by an Entry on the Minutes there is an Agreemt that a final Question shall be put whether it be finally determined in Congress or sent to the several States.2 When a Motion is made for this Purpose the yeas will be Massats Rhode Island, Connec., Jersey, & South Carolina, The Nays will be N. York Maryland Virginia & Georgia. Pensilvania is in a mighty flimsy Situation on that Subject having indeed a mighty flimsy Representation. I wish Boudinot were here. Delaware is absent who is with us as is N. Carolina also absent. New Hampshire is absent who is against us.3 This is to go by Gates. I am respectfully yours

Gouvr Morris.

I pay my Respects to Mrs Washington.


1Henry Laurens wrote to GW about these decisions on 28 April.

2The agreement took place on 1 April (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 10:300).

3On 13 May, Congress voted along the lines predicted by Morris, against referring half-pay to the states, and made its own resolution on the issue two days later (ibid., 11:495–96, 502–3; see also Elbridge Gerry to GW, 13 Jan. 1778, n.3).

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