George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Udny Hay, 25 November 1778

To Lieutenant Colonel Udny Hay

Head Quarters [Fredericksburg, N.Y.] 25th Novr 1778.


I have to acknowlege your favor of the 22d Inst. with its inclosures.

Miss Tyneck may be told how very glad I should be to oblige her with a pass to go immediately into New-York, if it was not necessary in such cases to observe some general line of conduct.

The line which has been pointed out by Congress, and which I have adopted, is to grant passports to such persons only as have previously obtained permission from the Executive of the State to which they belong. I would therefore wish Miss Tyneck to take the trouble of procuring this from Governor Clinton (and I make no doubt but he will readily grant it[)].

But in case of Governor Clinton’s absence, and this cannot be procured at present, I have inclosed the Young lady my pass-port, that she may not be detained waiting for his return.

I thank you for your endeavours to provide me with some Nuts, and am sir Your most hble servt.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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