George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 13 December 1778

To John Jay

Head Quarters Middle Brook [N.J.] 13th December 1778.


Since my last of the 7th I have been honored with your favors of the 5th 6th and 8th instants with their inclosures, to which the proper attention shall be paid.1 I have made the Report of the Committee on Canada Affairs the subject of a particular letter which I have the honor of transmitting by this conveyance.2 I am with the greatest Respect Yr Excellency’s most obt Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. Lieut. Colonels Harrison and Hamilton went to Amboy on Monday last to meet the British Commissioners but the Weather had been so extremely bad that they had not met on Friday.3

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS. Congress read this letter on 17 Dec. and referred it to the Board of Treasury (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 , 12:1227).

1These letters were to and from the previous president of Congress, Henry Laurens, not Jay.

3“Monday last” was 7 Dec., and Friday was 11 December.

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