George Washington Papers

From George Washington to General Henry Clinton, 4 April 1779

To General Henry Clinton

Head Quarters Middle Brook 4th April 1779


I had not the honor to receive your Excellency’s letter of the 31st ulto before yesterday evening. From this circumstance and some others that have occurred, I am sorry to inform you that the proposed meeting of Commissioners cannot take place at so early a day as you have mentioned. I am under the necessity of requesting that it may be deferred ’till Monday the 12th instant, when Colonel Davies and Lieutenant Colo. Harrison will meet Colo. Hyde and Captain André at Amboy in the Forenoon.1

Those Gentlemen, I am persuaded, will enter upon business with the most liberal and generous dispositions—and from thence, I am happy to conceive, with you, the most favorable expectations. You will however suffer me to observe, that should the intended negociation answer our wishes, yet it will not flow from that partiality which you have been pleased to suppose.

Our Commissary of prisoners will attend at Amboy during the Commission, and I shall also order an Escort consisting of an Officer and six Dragoons. I have the honor to be with due Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, P.R.O., 30/35, Carleton Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS is docketed in part: “received 5th April 1779.”

1See GW’s two sets of instructions to Col. William Davies and Lt. Col. Robert Hanson Harrison, both dated 10 April, one of which is in P.R.O., 30/55, Carleton Papers, and the other one in DLC:GW. For the failure of this meeting, which occurred at Perth Amboy, N.J., between 12 and 23 April, see Harrison to GW, 18 April (DLC:GW), and the undated report printed in a note to that document.

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