Philadeplphia, 26th Feb. 1783
I had the honor of receiving your Excellency’s letter of the 30th ult. which I immediately laid before Congress, who, without delay, gave it the full attention it deserved. The result of their deliberations I do myself the pleasure to enclose.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs will make the confidential communication to your Excellency mentioned therein, I hope, by this opportunity. The critical state of our Finances obliges Congress to the most disagreeable parsimony, altho’ the objects proposed, are certainly of the highest consequence, and which will engage their attention, at all events, in case of the least change of appearances.
By a Vessel arrived yesterday from Teneriffe, and one a few days ago at Baltimore from St Kitts, there are various Reports about all negociations for Peace being broke up at Paris; but sifting them well and duly considering dates and other circumstances, they amount to nothing worthy of attention. I have the honor to be, Sir, with the highest sentiments of respect and esteem, Your Excellency’s Most obedient & very humb. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.