George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 29 January 1779

To John Jay

Philadelphia 29th January 1779


I do myself the honor to inclose you the Extract of a letter which I recd a few days ago from His Excellency Governor Clinton, and which I am to request you to lay before Congress agreeable to his desire.1 I have only to add that the settlement and payment of such Accounts as are referred to in the letter, is highly beneficial to our public Credit, and satisfactory to those individuals, who have been obliged to part with their property at a2 time when the situation of Affairs has rendered it impossible to pass regular Vouchers—If Congress would be pleased to authorise the present Quarter Master and Commissary General to discharge such of those accounts as are certified by Govr Clinton, it would be the most ready and effectual manner of doing justice to the public and individuals.3 I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 30 Jan. (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 , 13:124–25).

1The enclosed extract consists of the first two paragraphs of George Clinton’s letter to GW of 29 Dec. 1778, regarding the long overdue payment of New York inhabitants for provisions and forage impressed for the use of Continental troops and militia following the loss of forts Clinton and Montgomery on 6 Oct. 1777.

2At this place on the draft manuscript, Tilghman wrote and then struck out the word “critical.”

3For Congress’s authorization of the payment of these accounts, see Jay to GW, 31 January.

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