George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anne-César, chevalier de La Luzerne, 19 March 1783

Head Quarters 19th March 1783


I am exceedingly obliged to your Excellency, for your communication of the 15th of this Month. The Articles of Treaty between America & Great Britain, as they stand in connection with a general pacification, are so very inconclusive, that I am fully in sentiment with you, that we should hold ourselves in a hostile position, prepared for either alternative, War or Peace.

I shall confer with the Duke de Lauzun on the objects you are pleased to mention and as I have ever viewed the practice of the States, in supplying the Enemy in New York with the means of subsistence, as a very pernicious one in [   ] Tendency, both to ourselves & our Allies, you may depend on me to exert every measure in my power to prevent it.

I am at all times happy in receiving any intelligence from your Excellency, and should it be in your power to anounce a general Peace, you can not make a more pleasing communication to me—persuaded of the pure and benevolent intentions which ani[mate] the breast of his Most Christian Majesty I am assured, if that happy event should not result from the present Negotiations that the failure will not rest on his part. I have the honor to be, with the greatest regard and esteem Sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedient and Most humble servant

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