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From George Washington to John Jay, 17 May 1779

To John Jay

Head Quarters [Middlebrook] May 17th 1779


Since I had the honor of addressing Your Excellency this morning, I received a Letter from General Gates, a Copy of which with the packet he mentions I transmit by this express.1 From Genl Gates’s account it appears indispensably necessary that a supply of money should be sent as soon as possible, if it has not been already done to pay the Troops. I have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt servant

Go: Washington

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 19 May and referred it to the Board of Treasury (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 , 14:613).

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