New York April 9th 1783
I have written to General Haldimand, acquainting him that the preliminaries of a general peace have been Signed and ratified, and have given my dispatches into the care of Captn Richard P: Tonge and Mr Wm Robertson of the naval department in Canada, with directions to proceed over land to Canada without any delay; but to this end it may be necessary they shou’d be furnished with passports from your Excellency, which I cannot doubt will be immediately given.
I take this occasion to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s letter of the 7th of April 1783. I am Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.