George Washington to William Smith
Philadelphia May. 8. 1792.
I learn with much satisfaction from your letter of April 28. that you propose to undertake a history of the American revolution, and shall with pleasure procure you any aids I can towards the faithful execution of the work. I will therefore desire the heads of the Executive departments to communicate to you such papers of useful information in their respective offices as they, in their discretion, shall think may be communicated with propriety. I am &c.
Dft (DNA: RG 59, MLR); entirely in TJ’s hand except for initials by Washington; endorsed by TJ: “Draught of letter to Dr. Smith” (this endorsement completed by Washington’s addition of the date). Not recorded in SJL or SJPL.