George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Stephens Smith, 20 December 1782

Dobbs’s Ferry Decr 20th 1782


Enclosed I have the honor of forwarding a Petition directed to your Excellency, with a Letter from Sir Guy Carleton to Govr Harrison, received this Day by flagg from the Enemy.

I have receipted for, one hundred and eighty seven Guineas & one half Guinea & one spanish milled Dollar, forwarded by Mr Morgan Secretary to Sir Guy Carleton, by Capt. Stewart of the Qr Masters Department.

Inclosed is Mr Morgans Letter to me, & I shall expect your Excellency’s Orders upon the Subject.

The Guard Ships retired on the 18th & we may expect no Obstructions in the River, excepting what the Season may produce. A large fleet will sail in the morning from New York (said to be for Europe) a Number of Inhabitants have engaged their passage and I am inform’d they also take troops with them but I expect to be enabled to furnish your Excellency with a particular Account respecting them in a few Day’s—In my last of the 12th Inst. I expressed a wish to be permitted to send [   ] (the Refugee confined in the Provost) on Parole to New York, in addition to the reasons then mentioned, I will add that I think I can employ him to advantage. I have the honor to be your Excellency’s Most Obliged Humble Servt

W. S. Smith Lt Colo.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


New York Decr 18th 1782


The Commander in Chief having been acquainted by H.E. Genl Washington that you have orders to receive from hence a sum of money for the use of Governor Harrison of Virginia, I am directed to convey, by the present flag this money amounting to the sum of 187 1/2 Guins. & 1 Dollar into your hands, to abide any further order, and for which you will be pleased to give your receipt. I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt humble Servant

M: Morgann


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