George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 23 February 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 23d Feby 1779


Congress consider Genl McDougall’s Application worthy of Attention,1 & the better to enable your Excellency to comply, if you think proper with his Request have ordered a thousand Dollars to be forwarded to You—The enclosed is a Copy of the Order for that purpose.2 I have the Honor to be With the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excellys most Obedt & Hble Servt

J: Jay

LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1GW had conveyed Maj. Gen. Alexander McDougall’s request for money for intelligence operations in his letter to Jay of 19 Feb. (see also McDougall to GW, 11–15 Jan., and GW to McDougall, 9 Feb.).

2The enclosure has not been identified. On 22 Feb., Congress ordered “That a warrant issue on the treasurer, in favour of the paymaster of the Board of War and Ordnance, for the sum of one thousand dollars in specie, to be by him forwarded to the Commander in Chief for secret service” (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 , 13:218). For GW’s sending to McDougall the balance of the specie that he had requested, see GW to McDougall, 3 March.

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