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To George Washington from John Jay, 2 March 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 2nd March 1779.

Sir,

Your Excellency’s Letters of the 24th & 26th Ulto with their several Inclosures have been received and communicated to Congress.

A Copy of an Act of Congress of the 27th Feby is herewith enclosed, by which your Excellency will perceive that the Letter of Coll Wigglesworth is referred to the Delegates of Massachusetts Bay, & that General Glover is to be indulged with a furlough for such time as may be necessary to his private Affairs1—I have also the Honor to transmit enclosed several printed Copies of two Acts of Congress—the One of the 11th Ulto respects the Commissary General of military Stores—the other of the 18th, establishes Regulations for the Department of Inspector General2—I have the Honor to be &ca

J: Jay

LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1The enclosed copies of Congress’s order of 27 Feb. regarding Col. Edward Wigglesworth’s request to resign his commission and its resolution of that date regarding Col. John Glover’s resignation request have not been identified, but see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 13:259 (see also GW to Glover, and GW to Wigglesworth, both 11 March). For their requests, see Glover to GW, 28 Jan., and Wigglesworth to GW, 4 Jan. and 11 February. For Congress’s acceptance of Wigglesworth’s resignation on 11 March, see Jay to GW, 12 March, and GW to Wigglesworth, 19 March (see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 13:302).

2The enclosed act regarding the commissary general of military stores is dated 11 Feb. 1778, not 1779 as Jay indicates. The discrepancy prompted GW in his reply to Jay of 11 March to question if this enclosure had been sent by mistake. GW returned one of the printed copies of this act with his reply. Another printed copy of it is in DLC:GW (see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 10:144–50). Congress’s only action taken on 11 Feb. 1779 regarding the commissary general of military stores was the ordering of a warrant from the treasurer for $150,000 “for the use of his department, and for which he is to be accountable” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 13:176).

Jay had previously enclosed a copy of the act of 18 Feb. establishing the inspector general’s department in his letter to GW of 26 February. Neither that copy, which may have been handwritten, nor the printed ones enclosed in this letter have been identified, but for the text of the act, see General Orders, 27 April (see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 13:196–99).

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