George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 12 December 1778

From John Jay

Philadelphia 12th December 1778


Among the various Duties incident to the Appointment with which Congress has been pleased to honor me, that of corresponding with those public Characters whom I most esteem, will be particularly agreable.

This Consideration, added to those of a public Nature, will constantly press my Attention to every Thing which may respect your Excellency; and permit me to assure you of my Endeavour, to render the Ease and Honor of your Station and Department equal to the high Obligations america owes You.

By order of Congress I transmit to your Excellency the enclosed Resolution of the 10th Instant.1 I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem your Excellencys most obedt & h’ble Servt


LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1The enclosed resolution concerned Jay’s election as president of Congress (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 , 12:1206).

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