New York March 19th 1783
By the Halifax Packet we have received a dispatch from Mr Townshend, one of His Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State, dated the 31st of December 1782, enclosing a treaty signed at Paris on the 30th of November, which we are directed to transmit to Congress. Having been thrown, Sir, into the course of making all communications to Congress through your Excellency, we know not how, with more propriety, to make the communication required, than through the accustomed channel, we therefore enclose, in the present letter, this instrument, and are to request of your Excellency, that you will in the most speedy manner, forward the same to Congress. We are, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servants
DLC: Papers of George Washington.