Following his Resignation Address to the Continental Congress, Washington “advanced and delivered to the President his commission, with a copy of his address, and having resumed his place, the President [Thomas Mifflin] returned him the following answer,” which is a report in the writing of Delegate James McHenry of Maryland. The report is in the National Archives, Washington, D.C., Papers of the Continental Congress, item 19, and is printed in Worthington C. Ford et al, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, vol. 25:838-38. A docket on the manuscript reads: “A report of a Committee Decr 23d 1783 Answer of Congress to Genl Washington.”
Images of Congress’ letter to Washington, 23 December 1783
(courtesy of the National Archives, Washington, D.C.). Click on images for larger view.