George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 3 June 1779

To John Jay

Morris Town [N.J.] June 3: 1779 9 oClock P.M.


Since I had the Honor of addressing Your Excellency this morning, I received the inclosed papers, by which You will perceive that the Troops & fleet lately employed in Chesepeak bay have returned to New York.1 I have not received any advices respecting the Enemy since those transmitted in the morning.2 I have the Honor to be with sentiments of the most perfect respect & esteem Yr Excellency’s Most Obed. sert

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW is referring to forces involved in a British raid on Virginia that embarked from New York City on 1 May and returned to Sandy Hook, N.J., on 29 May (see William Maxwell to GW, 3 May, and n.2 to that document). The enclosures are identified only as three New York newspapers in Jay’s letter to GW of 5 June.

2See the first letter from GW to Jay, this date, and n.2 to that document.

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