George Washington Papers

General Orders, 29 March 1783

Head Quarters Newburgh Saturday March 29th 83

Parole America.
Countersigns Triumphant, Happy.

For the day tomorrow Lt Col. Brooks

B.Q.M. 2d Massa. Brigade

The Hampshire Battalion gives the Guards.

The Commander in Chief has the pleasure to lay before the Army an Extract of a Letter he has received since the publication of the orders of yesterday from his Excellency the president of Congress.

Philadelphia 23d March 83

Sir 9 o’clock p.m.

"Your Excellency will give me the utmost credit, when I assure you, that it is with the most unfeigned joy that I congratulate your Excellency and the whole Army on the confirmation of the signing of the definitive treaty of Peace, by all the billegerent powers on the 21st of January. This happy event has just been announced by an express from on board a sloop of war in the river, dispatched by the Count D’Estang and the Marquis de la Fayette from Cadiz, on the 14th of February in hopes that she might arrive before those sent from France and Britain.

These are not official Dispatches, but as there can be no doubt of the Event, I thought it of the highest consequence to give your Excellency and my fellow Citizens of the Army the earliest Notice of this glorius end of all their Toils and labours.

I duly received your Excellencys Letters by the Express, containing the proceedings of the Army which gave Congress and every friend to the Army the highest satisfaction.

The commutation of the half pay was passed yesterday by Nine states in Congress which adds greatly to our general joy.

For the further gratification of the Gentlemen of the Army a printed paper is left at the Orderly office containing the declaration of His Excellency the Minister of France, in consequence of the orders to the Chevalier Du Quesne.

The paymaster General being authorized to settle the recruiting accounts of the Army, the regimental paymasters accounts—the depreciation on the subsistence of the officers from June 1st 1778 and the pay and subsistence of the Army for the years 1780. 1781. & 1782. and having opened an office for that purpose at Mr Bedlows—The regimental Pay masters & other officers concerned will call on him to receive directions concerning the manner of making out the pay rolls and Abstracts.

Lieutenant Edward Phelon of the 4th Massachusetts regiment is appointed Aid de Camp to Brigadier General Patterson and is to be respected accordingly—This appointment to take effect from the first day of January last.

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