George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 19 May 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 19th May 1779


I have been honored with your Excellency’s Favors of the 11th—14th—16th—two of the 17th—and the one by General McIntosh with the several Papers referred to in them.1

Congress concur with your Excellency in Opinion that an immediate Enquiry into the Matters of Complaint, preferred by General McIntosh, would at present be inexpedient.2

Copies of three Acts of Congress are herewith enclosed—One of the 17th Inst., directing the Commissioners of Indian Affairs to obey your Excellency’s Instructions relative to a partial, or general Peace with the Indians—Another of the same date making further Provision for the Adjutant General And a third of the 18th Inst., permitting Brigadier General McIntosh to join the Southern Army.3 I have the Honor to be With the greatest Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & Humble Servant

John Jay Presidt

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

1“The one by General McIntosh” was GW’s letter to Jay of 16 May.

3The enclosed copies of resolutions of 17 and 18 May 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 , 14:600–1, 606. GW enclosed a copy of the first resolution of 17 May in his letter of 28 May to the commissioners for Indian affairs; for the text of the resolution, see GW to John Jay, 3 May, n.3.

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