George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elias Boudinot, 4 April 1783

Head Quarters 4th April 1783


I have the Honor to transmit to your Excellency the inclosed Copies of a Letter and Papers which came to my Hands last Evening from Sir Guy Carleton: they are of such a Nature, that I have tho’t proper they should be communicated to Congress. I give them to your Excellency for that purpose.

Altho the Complaints of the Indians may not be perfectly candid; it will rest with Congress to decide how far, in our present Circumstances, Policy & Humanity coincide, to prevent as much as possible, the further proscecution of Hostilities against those people. I have only to observe, that the late Acts of Cruelty complained of in the Speech of the Indians, have not been committed under my Direction, or by any parties of Continental Troops; nor have they been sanctified by any Orders from me. I rather think those Acts of Hostility have been conducted with the approbation at least, if not under the Authority of individual States—How far such practice is consistent with the Rules of propriety, or the principles of policy, Congress will be the best Judge—for myself, I confess, my Mind revolts at the Idea of those wanton Barbarites which both sides have, in too many Instances, been the unhappy Witnesses to. With the highest Respect & Esteem I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedient and Most humble Servant

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DLC: Item 152, Letters from George Washington, PCC—Papers of the Continental Congress.

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