George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Duer, 29 August 1783

Rocky Hill near Princeton Augt 29th 1783.


Some circumstances having intervened that render it impracticable during this fall, for us to take possession of the Posts now occupied by the British on the Western Waters; for the Garrisons of which, the Provisions mentioned in my Letter to you from Saratoga were designed, and which will therefore become in a manner useless to the public, if they cannot be relinquished or disposed of. My design in addressing you, Gentlemen, at this time is to give information of the before mentioned unexpected Event, and to desire that all purchases for this purpose may be suspended, and that in case any Articles have been procured, the Bargains may be given up if possible, or the Provisions otherwise disposed of, if it can be done without considerable loss to the United States. To prevent which, such articles as cannot be returned or vended, had better be stored at the Garrison of West Point. I am Gentlemen With due regard &c.

G. Washington

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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