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To George Washington from John Jay, 5 March 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 5th March 1779

Sir,

Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed three Acts of Congress of this day—One for accepting the Resignation of Brigadier Genl Warnum, another accepting the Resignation of Major Pawling of Colonel Malcolm’s Regiment, and the third authorizes your Excellency at your discretion to settle with the Enemy a Cartel for the Exchange of Prisoners.1 I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellency’s most Obedt And Humble Servant

J: Jay

LB, DNA:PCC, item 14. GW acknowledged the receipt of this letter on 11 March.

1The enclosed copy of Congress’s resolution of 5 March authorizing GW to negotiate an exchange of prisoners is in DLC:GW. For the text of that resolution, see GW to Henry Clinton, 14 March, n.6 (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 , 13:279–80). The enclosed copies of the resolutions of 5 March accepting the resignations of Brig. Gen. James Mitchell Varnum and Maj. Albert Pawling 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 , 13:274 (see also Pawling to GW, 25 Feb., and GW to Pawling, 2 March).

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