George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Boudinot, 12 August 1783

Princeton 12th August 1783

Dear Sir,

Your Excellency’s favours of the 6th inst. gave me great pleasure, as they announced your safe arrival after so expeditious & fatiguing a Journey.

The Resolution of Congress requested by your Excellency was forwarded several days since, but it cannot answer your expectations. Congress wished to have your Excellency’s personal aid at forming the peace arrangement whenever that Report was called up; but your disagreable situation arising from the unexpected and unaccountable delay of the definitive treaty, hastened the measure of requesting your Excellency’s attendance, that you might, by a change of place, be, in some measure, relieved from the inconveniences attending your present local situation. However Congress have instructed me to inform your Excellency, that it is their wish that you would make your attendance entirely agreeable to your own conveniency, unless you hear further from them. They have directed a House and standing Furniture to be taken for your Excellency within three or four miles of this place, in case it should be agreable for you to remain here a few weeks: but they by no means wish to hurry you in your Journey, unless the Definitive Treaty should suddenly arrive of which I shall do myself the honor of giving you the earliest intelligence.

I have no doubt, from very good information, that the substance of the Treaty, if not an authenticated copy, is in New York, tho’ sent previous to the ratification, which, I suppose, is delayed to give Sir Guy all the time that can be conveniently done. I have the honor to be, Sir, with great respect, Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & very humb. Servant

Elias Boudinot

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