George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 9 December 1781

Madrid 9th December 1781


On the 7th Inst. I had the Honor of receiving your Excellency’s favor of the 22d of October last, with the Copies of the articles of Capitulation, Returns, & of General Greene’s Letter, mentioned in it. I also recd on the same Day, Duplicates of each.

The Reasons which induced your Excellency to transmit these Papers, will I am persuaded, appear no less proper to Congress, than the speedy Reception of such welcome & interesting Intelligence, is agreable to me.

I congratulate your Excellency and my Country, on this important Event, & permit me to assure you, that it’s having been achieved under the immediate Direction of the Commander in chief, adds to the Satisfaction I feel on the Occasion.

General Greene’s Conduct merits the Commendation & thanks of his Country. He has done much, with slender means; and will I hope be soon enabled to restore every Part of the southern States, to the peaceable Enjoyment of their Liberty and Independence. I have the Honor to be, with perfect Respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s most obedient & most hble Servant

John Jay


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