George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Boudinot, 8 July 1783

Princeton July 8th 1783.

Dear Sir

The Baron Steuben, who is the Bearer of this, delivered me your Excellency’s Letter, which after being read in Congress, was found to have been substantially complied with by our Act of the 12th May, which must not have got to Hand, at the Date of yours, tho’ the War office reports, that it had been forwarded in due Time.

I hope the Baron will accomplish his wishes & immediately proceed on his Mission.

General Howe is proceeding with his Inquiry concerning the Mutiny, but nothing has yet transpired—The Citizens of Philadelphia have affected to treat this Matter as of a trifling nature, altho’ by a Letter lately recd by Mr Moyland from Lt Sullivan dated just at his Embarkation, he desires Moyland not to blame him, for it was Success that generally denominated a Measure good or bad; that had he not been betrayed by the Soldiers, he would have carried his Point, or perished in the attempt”—There is yet some mystery attending this Business, which I most earnestly wish may be developed.

The Express that was sent to your Excellency left me so much hurried, that I omitted acknowledging the reciept of your Excellency’s favours of the 24th & 25th ultimo, and the Pleasure with which Congress observed the Sentiments contained in them. I have the Honor to be with the greatest regard Your Excellency’s Most Obed. & very Hble Servt

Elias Boudinot

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