George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Boudinot, 31 July 1783

Princeton 31st July 1783

Dear Sir,

A moments’ time is only allowed me, to inform your Excellency that I have it in command from Congress to acquaint you, that it is their pleasure that you should, as soon as convenient, after your return from the Northward, attend Congress at this place, as they think your presence will be of special service at this important period; and the change of situation may be more agreable to your Excellency under present circumstances.

I would enclose a copy of their Resolution, under which I act, but by the negligence of the Clerks I cannot obtain it without risking the loss of this opportunity.

It gives me a very peculiar pleasure to make this communication, as I have hopes, by this means, of seeing Mrs Washington and your Excellency enjoying the fruits of that peace, which, under God, is in a great measure owing to your glorious exertions.

Mrs Boudinot and Miss Susan join me in the most affectionate wishes for your and Mrs Washington’s health and happiness. I have the honor to be, with the highest respect & esteem, Your Excellency’s Obedt & very humbl. Servt

Elias Boudinot

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