From John Jay
Ph[iladelphi]a 23d Sep. 1779
I have had the Pleasure of recg your Exys Favors of the 14 and 18 Inst. with the Papers mentiond in them.
The enclosed, is a Copy of an Act of Congress of the 22d Inst. directing the North Carolina Troop to proceed by Land to South Carolina.1 With perfect Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be your Exys most obt Servt.
LB, DNA:PCC, item 14. A note on the address line next to GW’s name reads, “Sent 24 Inst. to Col. Mitchells.”
1. The enclosed copy of the resolution has not been identified. The resolution stated that rather than transporting the North Carolina brigade by ship to South Carolina, the three Continental frigates at Boston should be ordered to South Carolina and the troops ordered to proceed by land (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 15:1093; 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 15:1087-90). For GW’s orders to the brigade, see GW to Thomas Clark, 29 Sept. and 1 Oct., and GW to James Hogun, 1 October. For the subsequent countermanding of these orders due to the arrival of French vice admiral d’Estaing’s fleet on the American coast, see GW to Samuel Huntington, 30 Sept.; GW to Clark, 3 Oct.; GW to Huntington, 4 Oct.; and Huntington to GW, 5 and 8 October.