George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 24 June 1779

From John Jay

Philadelphia 24th June 1779


Herewith enclosed Your Excellency will receive a Copy of an Act of Congress of the 22nd Instant, on the Subject of Plundering the Inhabitants of Places in Possession of the Enemy.1 I have the honor to be With the greatest Respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servant

John Jay Presidt

P.S: No Express yet from the Southward.2

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

1The enclosure, a copy of a resolution that Congress passed on 22 June, reads: “That it be recommended to the Legislative and Executive powers in the several States, more especially those that are adjacent to Long island and other places in possession of the enemy to take the most effectual measures to prevent plundering the Inhabitants of such places, and all officers of the army are directed to use their utmost exertions to prevent such practices” (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 14:758–59).

2See Jay to GW, 20 June, n.2.

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