George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 2 March 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 2d March 1779

Dear Sir

accept my thanks for your obliging Favor of the 23 Ult.1 and be pleased to add to the obligation by a Repitition of them.

The arrival of a Reinforcement from Rhode Island at New York seems to indicate, either another Embarkation to the Southward, or offensive operations in your Quarter.2 but of military Matters I have too little Knowledge to hazard Conjectures, especially to Persons familiar with that Science.

In one of the English Papers I have the Honor to enclose, is a Copy of the Family Compact between the Branches of the House of Bourbon. as it explains the political Connection between France & Spain, I think it interesting.3

we hear nothing from General Lincoln. A little Vessel with military Stores, which lately sailed from hence bound to South Carolina is taken.4

my best Respects to Mrs Washington. I am Dear Sir with perfect Esteem & personal Regard Your obt Servt

John Jay


1GW’s letter to Jay of 23 Feb. has not been found.

2The report of troops arriving at New York from Rhode Island was false (see GW to Jay, 6 March).

3The enclosed newspaper has not been identified. France and Spain signed a treaty of alliance on 12 April 1779, and Spain entered the war against Great Britain on 21 June without allying itself with the United States or recognizing American independence.

4For the recent capture of the schooner Count d’Estaing off the Capes of Delaware, see Henry Laurens to GW, this date, and n.5.

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