George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 18 September 1779

To John Jay

West point September the 18th 1779


I have the honor to inform Your Excellency, that the Chevalier de la Luzerne, who was so obliging as to honour me with a visit on his way from Boston, set out yesterday morning for Philadelphia. He will cross the Delaware at Trentown, and if nothing occurs to impede his journey, he will probably arrive at philadelphia on Thursday or Friday.1

I inclose Your Excellency a Copy of a Letter from Lt Colonel Van Dyck to Colo. Vanschaick, with which I have been favoured by Governor Clinton.2 I have had no intelligence on the subject of it from General Sullivan himself—or any advices from him since those transmitted in my Letter of the 7th,3 so that the accounts it contains must rest upon their own credibility. There are however circumstances that make part of the intelligence at least, highly probable, as Colo. Brodhead was to march from Fort pitt on the 7th or 8th, Ulto for the Senecca Country.4

I inclose Your Excellency Two New York papers of the 7 & 11 Instant.5 I have the Honor to be with the most perfect respect & es⟨teem⟩ Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt servant

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. Congress read this letter on 24 Sept. (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 15:1102).

1For the progress of La Luzerne, the new minister plenipotentiary of France, from Boston to GW’s headquarters, and then on to Philadelphia, see GW to Robert Howe, 18 Aug., n.1; see also Substance of a Conference with La Luzerne, 16 September.

3GW is referring to his second letter to Jay of that date.

4For Col. Daniel Brodhead’s expedition, see Brodhead to GW, 16–24 September.

5These papers have not been identified.

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