George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Mease, 23 May 1778

From James Mease

Saturday May 23 1778


I was honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 16 Instant on Tuesday covering a copy of one sent some time ago which I find hath some how miscaried—Agreeable to the commands of your Excellency of the 16th I immediatly prepared to set out for Head Quarters & should have been there before now but that I have been necessarily detained by the arrival of an Express from Boston on Thursday sent to me by the Agents there for a sum of money which they have long suffered for the want of. This business I was obliged to refer to Congress & to forward Accounts which the treasury board have since thought it necessary to have before they could report to Congress1—The business I fully expect will be Concluded on Monday & I shall then be able to dispatch the Express after wh. I will not loose a moment in waiting on your Excellency As I could not with any propriety nor in my opinion without injury to the public leave this business unfinish’d I flatter my self I shall stand excused to your Excellency for the delay I have the honor to be with infinite respect Your Excellency’s most obdt & most Humble servant

James Mease Clr Gen.

ALS, DLC:GW. Robert Hanson Harrison docketed the letter, “no ansr necessary.”

1See Mease to Henry Laurens, 20 May (DNA:PCC, item 78), and 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 , 11:517.

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