Philadelphia 24th March 1783
You will by this express receive the agreable intelligence of peace upon which I most [sin]cerly congratulate you & the army—Harmony, a regard for justice, & fidelity to our engagements are all that now remains to render us a happy people—The Vessel that brought these dispatches was sent out by the Count Destaign to recal the french cruzers. As the minister tells me he will forward the orders & pasport to your Excellency I will not detain the messenger till I have mine copied—This shd in my opinion be immediatly sent either by Congress or Yr Excellency to Sr Guy Carleton.
A private Letter to me mentions that the Bahama Islands are also ceded to the British—Holland seems to have come worst off & France by geting little for herself has laid in a store of reputation which will be worth more than much territory.
I must request your Excellency to send on the enclosed letters by Express to the Govr and am with the greatest respect & esteem Dr Sir Your Excellency most obt Hum. Servt
P.S. I have with the approbation of Congress despatched Mr Lewis Morris my secretary to Genl Carleton with the news of peace.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.