George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 22 January 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 22nd Jany 1779


Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed a Copy of an Act of Congress of the 21st Inst.1 I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect & Esteem, Your Excellency’s most Obed. & Hb. Servt

J: Jay

LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

Jay wrote similar letters on this date to major generals Horatio Gates, Benjamin Lincoln, and John Sullivan; paymaster general William Palfrey; deputy paymasters Ebenezer Hancock and Benjamin Harrison, Jr.; “the Assistant PayMaster with Genl. Sullivan”; and army auditors John Clark, Jr., and James Johnston (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 , 11: 501–3).

1The enclosed resolution authorized the army auditors and paymasters “from time to time to provide for themselves respectively, a convenient house near Head Quarters for an Office, that they be not precluded from their Choice, unless by order of the Commander in Chief or Commanding Officer of the Department, and that no other Officer be quartered therein” (copy, 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 , 13:99).

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