George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 12 April 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 12th April 1779


I have the Honor of transmitting to your Excellency herewith enclosed Copies of the following Acts of Congress—vizt: Of the third Instant, for trying Major General Arnold by a Court Martial on the charges specified in the Papers therein referred to, & which are herewith sent—Of the 9th Instant, appointing four second Lieutenants in the Regiment of Artillery commanded by Colonel Harrison—Of the 9th Inst., granting twelve months pay as Major to Monsieur De Bois to defray the expences of his voyage to France, & resolving that he be no longer considered as an Officer in the Service of the United States—Of the 10th Inst., explaining the Order of Congress of the 20th of February last, by which the Proceedings of the Court-Martial, held at Fort-Pitt on Colonel Steele, were referred to your Excellency—Which Proceedings accompany this Letter—Of the 3rd Instant, appointing Monsieur L’Enfant a Captain in the Corps of Engineers.1 I have the Honor to be With the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedient And Humble Servant

John Jay Presidt

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1The enclosed copies of resolutions and Congressional minutes are in 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 , 13:412, 414, 432–33, 436. The enclosed court-martial proceedings, which Jay had sent to GW on 22 Feb. and GW had returned on 20 March, have not been identified; for Col. Archibald Steele’s trial and acquittal, see General Orders, 21 April.

Pierre-François de Bois wrote to GW on 10 May from Philadelphia: “I have the Honour to Inform you, that The Hble Congress has Given me Leave to Go To France.

“I am very Sorry that by Want to never have had any Command in yours Armies, to be oblig’d to retire myself from Such Service.

“I have done all in my power to be Usefull To The Unit’d States; but what Can do a Single Man about Fighting against an Enemy” (DLC:GW). For de Bois’s attempts to secure a commission, which continued into the autumn of 1779, see GW to Lafayette, 25 Sept. 1778, n.3.

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