George Washington - Partial Letter Signed In 1783 - Wishes War Wholly Ceases
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George Washington - Partial Letter Signed In 1783 - Wishes War Wholly Ceases:
GEORGE WASHINGTON. Revolutionary War-dated partial letter signed by, “Go: Washington,” as Commander of the Continental Army to Declaration of Independence Signer and current Governor of Maryland William Paca.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR-DATED PARTIAL LETTER SIGNED BY COMMANDER OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY GEORGE WASHINGTON TO DECLARATION SIGNER AND GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND WILLIAM PACA WISHING THE WAR CEASES
Although the body of the letter is absent, the full content was located at the Library of Congress. General Washington promises to contact British Commander-in-Chief Guy Carleton to make amends for the depredations committed by the British in the state of Maryland, wishes the war ceases on both sides through the “honor of humanity,” and congratulates Paca on his recent appointment to the governorship. The letter is one page with docketing on the verso, body of the letter is in the hand of Washington’s aide-de-camp and future Governor of Connecticut Jonathan Trumbull, measures 9 by 7.25 inches, created in [Newburgh, New York] on March 5, 1783, and in fine condition with minor toning, a few separations along the folds on the bottom left, two professional repairs along the folds on the verso, and having been professionally attached to a larger sheet of paper.
“FOR MY OWN PART, I SINCERELY WISH FOR THE HONOR OF HUMANITY, THAT THESE ACTS OF UNCIVILIZED WAR MIGHT WHOLLY CEASE ON EITHER PARTS”
The letter reads in full (italicized is the section still present): “Headquarters, 5th March 1783, Sir, I have been honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 21st of Febry. respecting the Depredations committed by the Enemy in the Chesapeake Bay and have taken the liberty to transmit a copy of your letter to Sir Guy Carleton. If the British Commander in Chief shall think proper to make me a Reply, his Sentiments shall be communicated to your Excellency as early as possible. However to be lamented, such parties are, which you mention, yet I have reasons to fear that similar ones have been but too frequent on both Sides and that Sir Guy may take this Occasion to enter into particulars of recrimination. For my own part, I sincerely wish for the honor of humanity, that these Acts of uncivilized War might wholly cease on either parts. This being the first Occasion I have had to address your Excellency, I cannot omit to present you my warmest Congratulations on your appointment to the Chief Seat of Government a Circumstance, which at the same Time that I assure myself it will prove very honorable to yourself, I am persuaded, will have a happy Influence on the State over which you preside, as well as upon the general Welfare of the United States, I have the Honor to be With Sentiments of high Esteem and Regards Sir Your most obedient and Most humble Servant, Go: Washington, His Excellency, Governor Paca.”