George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 29 March 1779

To John Jay

Head Quarters Middle Brook 29th March 1779


I do myself the honor to transmit the inclosed extract of a letter which I have just received from General Maxwell.1 Whether the Report that the expedition from the East End of Long Island is laid aside, is true or false, I will not undertake to determine. I also inclose the latest New York paper.2 I have the honor to be with the greatest Esteem Your Excellency’s Most obt Servt.

L, 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 5 April and referred it to the Board of War (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 , 13:419–20).

1The enclosed extract of Brig. Gen. William Maxwell’s letter to GW of 28 March is in DNA:PCC, item 152.

2The enclosed newspaper has not been identified.

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