George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Guy Carleton, 10 May 1782

Head Quarters 10th May 1782


I had the honor last Evening to receive your Excellencys Letter of the 7th Instant; with the several papers inclosed.

Ever since the commencement of the present War, my Conduct has borne invariably testimony against those inhuman Excesses, which in too many instances, have marked its various progress.

With respect to a late transaction, to which I presume your Excellency alludes, I have already expressed my resolution—a resolution formed on the most mature deliberation, & from which I shall not recede.

I have to inform your Excellency that your request of a passport for Mr Morgan to go to Philadelphia, shall be conveyed to Congress by the [ear]liest Opportunity—And I will embrace the first moment I have it in my Power, to communicate to you their determination thereon.

Many inconveniences and disorders having arisen, from an improper admission of Flags at various Posts of the two Armies, which have given rise to complaints on both sides; to prevent this in future, and for the convenience of communication, I have concluded to receive all Flags from within your Lines at the post of Dobbs ferry & no where else—so long as Head Quarters of the two Armies remain as at present. I have the honor to be Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedient most humble Servt

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