From John Jay
Philadelphia 2d March 1779
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
3. The 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.