George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert R. Livingston, 24 March 1783

Philadelphia 24th March 1783

Dr Sir

You will by this express receive the agreable intelligence of peace upon which I most [sin]cerly congratulate you & the army—Harmony, a regard for justice, & fidelity to our engagements are all that now remains to render us a happy people—The Vessel that brought these dispatches was sent out by the Count Destaign to recal the french cruzers. As the minister tells me he will forward the orders & pasport to your Excellency I will not detain the messenger till I have mine copied—This shd in my opinion be immediatly sent either by Congress or Yr Excellency to Sr Guy Carleton.

A private Letter to me mentions that the Bahama Islands are also ceded to the British—Holland seems to have come worst off & France by geting little for herself has laid in a store of reputation which will be worth more than much territory.

I must request your Excellency to send on the enclosed letters by Express to the Govr and am with the greatest respect & esteem Dr Sir Your Excellency most obt Hum. Servt

R. Livings[ton]

P.S. I have with the approbation of Congress despatched Mr Lewis Morris my secretary to Genl Carleton with the news of peace.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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