George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Stephens Smith, 21 April 1783

Newburgh 21st April 1783

Dear Sir,

In answer to your private letter of the 16th I can promise no more than a disposition to promote your wishes—& this if it is in my power and circumstances are not opposed to it will carry me to the extent of your desire; but no Peace establishment is yet adopted nor do I know upon what terms it will—whether Continental—State—or any at all. Whether the present Troops (who have part of their term of service to perform) with their Officers will be employed, or new Corps raised—In a word I am at this moment quite in the dark—consequently cannot speak with decision to you. with great regard— I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

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CtY: U.S. Presidents Collection.

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