George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 20 June 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 20th June 1779


I have been honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 14th Inst.

Herewith enclosed is a Copy of a Letter I lately received from Major General Philips, respecting the exchange of Capt: Fetherston of the Convention Troops, with a Copy of a Resolution of Congress of the 18th Inst. on that Subject.1

Your Excellency’s Orders will find this Gentleman at Mount-Holly. The Southern Express is not yet arrived.2 I have the Honor to be With the greatest Esteem & Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servant

John Jay Presidt

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1Both enclosures, a letter from Maj. Gen. William Phillips to Jay of 6 June, and a copy of the congressional resolution of 18 June directing Capt. William Featherstone to “repair immediately to the town of Mount Holly [N.J.] & remain there until the treaty for his exchange between the commanders in chief of both armies shall be terminated,” are in DLC:GW; see also 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 14:744. For more on Featherstone’s parole, see Phillips to GW, 6 June, and Board of War to GW, 12 June, and n.1 to that document.

A letter from Jay to Phillips, written at Philadelphia on 22 June, reads: “Your favor of the 6th Inst was delivered to me a few days ago by Capt. Fetherstone. His dispatches were sent by Express to General Washington, whose Orders he will receive at Mount-Holly agreeable to a Resolution of Congress” (Smith, Letters of Delegates, description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends 13:98).

2Jay’s mention of the “Southern Express” undoubtedly indicated his anxiety for confirmation of a reported overwhelming American success in the south, which ultimately proved erroneous (see Jay to GW, 4 and 7 June, and GW to James Clinton, 13 June; see also GW to John Augustine Washington, this date, and n.7 to that document).

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