The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 14

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 14

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 14

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 14

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To THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS

Philadelphia, January 12, 1779.

Sir: The day I left Middle Brook I recd. the two inclosed letters of the 8th Decemr. from Major General Phillips to which I returned an answer dated the 25th. which you have also inclosed. I imagined this would have put an end to any further applications of the same nature. But I yesterday recd. the inclosed letters from Lord Stirling and Mr. McHenry one of my Secretarys, by which you will perceive that General Phillips still persists in the desire of a negociation for the Exchange of the Convention Troops. I do not apprehend that the least good can possibly result from a conference between persons unauthorized to treat, more especially as the views of Congress and Sir Henry Clinton have been so clearly understood upon the late meeting of Commissioners at Amboy. As I would not wish to take any further Steps in this Business, without the directions of Congress, I must beg the favr. of your Excelly. to lay the inclosed before them, and obtain their Resolution upon the Contents. Capt. Bibby,1 the bearer of Genl. Phillips's dispatches, is also charged with a letter to Congress upon a matter of personal concern, which letter I imagine he wishes to present himself, as he would not send it forward. He waits at Middle Brook for an answer, which, as I shall be under the necessity of postponing untill I have the determination of Congress, I shall be glad to be favd. with as speedily as possible. I have the Honor &c.2

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