Newburgh 29th March 1783
I have been honoured with your favor of the 13th & thank you for the information—your Corrispondent at Paris had good ground for his opinion, and we have abundant reason to be pleased at the event, which he predicted the near approach of. I heartily congratulate you on the conclusion of the War—& hope the Wisdom of the States will point to that line of policy which will make them a great—a happy People—to accomplish this, local politics, & unreasonable jealousies should yield to such a constitution as will embrace the whole & make our Union respectable—lasting—without it, I think we have spent our time, spilt our blood, & wasted our treasure to very little purpose.
The Picaroons in Chesapeake & the Waters of it, have now met their quietus; but previously to the News of Peace, a representation of their conduct had gone into New York, & orders, I believe, were sent for the recall of them. Mrs Washington unites with me in Complimts to you and I have the honor to be Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.