George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 26 February 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 26th Feby 1779


Your Excellency will receive enclosed with this Letter Copies of two Acts of Congress, one of the 18th Inst. establishing Regulations for the Department of Inspector General—The other of the 25th respecting the Defence of the Western Frontiers, with the Applications of Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania to Congress on that Subject.1 I have the Honor to be Sir With the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excelly’s most Obedt & Hble Servt

J. Jay

LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1The enclosed copies of these acts and the state applications 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 , 13:196–99, 251–52. On 2 March, Jay sent GW several printed copies of the act of 18 Feb. establishing regulations for the inspector general’s department. Those regulations were published in the general orders for 27 April. The act of 25 Feb. directed GW “to take effectual measures for the protection of the [western] inhabitants, and chastisement of the savages,” and it authorized the immediate raising of five ranger companies for frontier defense.

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