George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Duane, 16 March 1779

From James Duane

Philad. 16th March 1779

Dear General

Your Favour has been presented to the Committee of Conference.1 I beg you will do me the Justice to believe that my Zeal for the publick good—and may I be permitted to add—my Respect and Affection for your Excellency, will never suffer what you have at Heart to languish for Want of my best Exertions: Yet must I ask for Allowances for your Representatives, who are too much incumberd with a Weight of Business, always to act with the necessary Vigour and dispatch. you will find that most of the Acts you recommended are passed in Congress: Such as remain will I flatter myself be pushed thro’ by the End of the week. The Provision for the Waggoner’s is that which I like the least, being expensive beyond Bounds: it may however be necessary, & we must at so critical a Time submit; I do it the more chearfully as much is left to your Excellency.2 With the utmost Respect I am Dear Sir your Excellency’s most obedient humble Sert

Jas Duane


1Duane apparently is referring to GW’s letter to him of 27 February.

2For Congress’s approval on this date of bounties to enlist wagoners for the duration of the war, see 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 , 13:320–21; see also Nathanael Greene to GW, 25 Feb., and n.2 to that document, and John Jay to GW, 17 March, and n.1 to that document.

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