Head Quarters 19th March 1783.
I have the honor to acknowledge your Excellency’s favor of the 12th inst. and to thank you most sincerely for the Intelligence you was pleased to communicate.
The Articles of Treaty between America & Great Britain, are as full & satisfactory, as we have reason to expect—but from the connection in which they stand, with a general pacification, they are very inconclusive & contingent: from this circumstance, compared with such other Intelligence as I have been able to collect, I must confess, I have my fears, that we shall be obliged to worry thro’ another Campaign, before we arrive at that happy period, which is to crown all our Toils.
Any Intelligence from your Excellency will, at all Times, be very agreeable to me—but should it be in your power to announce a general Peace, you could not make me more happy, than in the communication of such an Event. With the highest Regard & Esteem I have the Honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & most humble Servt
DNA: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.