George Washington Papers

To George Washington from General Henry Clinton, 9 June 1778

From General Henry Clinton

Head Quarters Philadelphia June 9th 1778


The Earl of Carlisle, Mr Eden and Governor Johnston, three of the Commissioners for restoring peace between Great Britain and America, are arrived in his Majesty’s Ship Trident and are come to Philadelphia.

Docr Ferguson, the Secretary to the Kings Commission, will be dispatched tomorrow Morning with a letter from their Excellencies to Congress. I am therefore to request that a passport from your Excellency may meet Dr Ferguson, who will be at your advanced post near Radnor about 10 OClock.1 I have the Honor to be Yr most obt humble Servt

H. Clinton.

Copy, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; copy, P.R.O., 30/55: Carleton Papers.

1The letter from peace commissioners Lord Carlisle, William Eden, and George Johnstone to Congress, dated 9 June, is in DLC:GW; for a transcription see Davies, Documents of the American Revolution description begins K. G. Davies, ed. Documents of the American Revolution, 1770–1783; (Colonial Office Series). 21 vols. Shannon and Dublin, 1972–81. description ends , 15:135–37. GW forwarded it to Henry Laurens on 11 June. Adam Ferguson (1723–1816), a distinguished Scottish scholar and professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, held moderate views on American affairs. In 1773 GW had purchased a copy of Ferguson’s Institutes of Moral Philosophy (see GW to Robert Cary & Co., 6 Oct. 1773). He nevertheless refused Ferguson’s request for a passport, and Congress approved his decision on 17 June (see GW’s letters of this date to Clinton, Ferguson, and Henry Laurens; William Eden to GW, this date; George Johnstone to GW, 10 June; Laurens to GW, 14 and 17 June; and Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 10:71–72).

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