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From George Washington to William Stephens Smith, 22 December 1782

Head Quarters Decr 22nd 1782

Dr Sir

I am favored with yours of the 20th. The Money you have recd for Governor Harrison agreably to his desire you will be pleased to remit to Mr Saml Inglis of Philadelphia, or inform him it is in your hand, subject to his Orders.

I have also to request you will inform Messrs John Channing, Peter Taylor and Aaron Loocock, whose Petition you inclosed to me, that Congress having recommended that no "Subjects of His Britannic Majesty coming directly or indirectly from any parts of the British Dominions be admitted into any of the United States during the War;" therefore no Power inferior to that Honble Body will grant the indulgence they solicit. if, however these gentlemen choose to apply to the Executive of the State to which they formerly belonged, or to the Delegates from that State now in Congress to make interest for them, Letters for the purpose may be forwarded but until permission is obtained from the Sovereign Power as beforementioned: no Passports will be granted.

As I mentioned in a former Letter, I will send you by the first good opportunity three or four Guinias to procure Forage; after which you will make the best Arrangement in your power with the Qr Mastr for a farther supply—I am Dear Sir with great regard & esteem &c.

P.S. I wish you to ascertain the number of Vessels in the fleet destined for England; and whether there are any Men except Invalids on board.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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