George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Stephens Smith, 12 March 1783

Head Quarters 12th Mar: 1783

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 8th instant is duly received.

M. Mersereau being out of military office, and retired to the Class of Citizens, his application to me for Liberty to go into New York, is not properly made, but should be addressed to the civil power of the State within which he resides—Independant of this principle, I should have no Objection to granting his request.

You may communicate my sentiments to him, & should he obtain Govr Livingstons permission, his passing to N. York by Way of your post, will be a Matter very admissible. I am Dear Sir Your most Obedt Servant

Go: Washington


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