George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 15 April 1779

To John Jay

Head Quarters Middle Brook 15th April 1779.


I have only to acknowledge your Excellency’s favr of the 8th instant and to inclose you three New York papers of the 10th 12th and 13th instant. In that of the 10th you will find a political peice of a very singular complexion.1 I have the honor to be with great Regard and Respect Your Excellency’s Most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, 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 19 April (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 , 13:472).

1GW apparently is referring to an article by “Fidus & Probus” entitled “The Character and Conduct of Lord North and the Minority fairly contrasted,” in the 10 April issue of the Royal Gazette (New York), which Brig. Gen. William Maxwell had enclosed in his letter to GW of 12 April. While fulminating against Lord North’s opponents in Parliament, the article implied that Great Britain was suffering from a degree of economic weakness and political disarray.

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