George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 11 May 1779

To John Jay

Head Quarters Middle Brook May 11th 1779


Brigadier General McIntosh will have the honor to deliver you this. The war in Georgia, being in the State, to which he belongs, makes him desirous of serving in the Southern army. I know not whether the arrangements Congress have in contemplation may make it convenient to employ him there; but I take the liberty to recommend him as a Gentleman, whose knowledge of service and of the country promise to render him useful. I beg leave to add, that General McIntosh’s conduct, while he acted immediately under my observation was such as to acquire my esteem and confidence; and I have had no reason since to alter my good opinion.1 I have the honor to be With very great respect Sir Your most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Df, dated 12 May, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, dated 12 May, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1Congress read this letter on 18 May and resolved on the same day to permit McIntosh to join the southern army (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 , 14:606).

Index Entries