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  Letter to Henry Knox and Gouverneur Morris, April 30, 1782
TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.52.133
George Washington. Letter copy: Newburgh, to Major General Henry Knox and Gouverneur Morris, 1782 April 30. 2 p.

Printed by Sparks, viii. 277
Head Quarters Newburgh
April 30th. 1782.


It is with great Pleasure I make Use of the earliest occasion to acknowledge the Receipt of your several Dispatches by Colonel Smith which contain an ample Account of your Proceedings in Consequence of the Commission you were charged with by me I have also received from Sir Henry Clinton an Abstract of the same Negotiations as stated by his Commissioners. From the whole aspect of the matter I have little Doubt the Reasons you mention as the operating Principles with the Enemy have been the real Cause of defeating the Success of this a Negotiation so desirable in itself and which promised to be so beneficial in its Consequences.

I have transmitted to Congress a Copy of your Report and have submitted solely to their Decision the subject of future Exchanges not less lamenting the unreasonableness of our Enemies than regretting the Miseries of War which may be augmented and protracted by [2] such unreasonable conduct

I should do Injustice to my own feelings on this occasion if I did not express something beyond my bare approbation of the Attention [struck: aiblity and] address and ability exhibited by [strike-out] Gentlemen in the Course of this tedious and fruitless Negotiation the want of succeeding in the great Objects of your Mission does not however lessen in my Estimation the merit which is due the unwearied Assiduity for the public Good and the benevolent zeal to alleviate the Distresses of the unfortunate, which seem to have actuated you on every occasion and for which I entreat you will be pleased to accept my most cordial thanks and at the same Time believe that
I am Gentlemen
with the highest Sentiments of
Esteem and Regard
your most obedient Servant
Go: Washington
The Hoble Major Gen Knox & G Morris Esqr.

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 24, pp186-7.