George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Myles Cooper, 20 September 1773

From Myles Cooper

King’s Coll: New York, 20th Sepr 1773.

Dr Cooper presents his most respectful Comps. to Coll Washington; & returns him his Son in Law, without any vices that he knows of, and with many Virtues, wherewith he is perfectly acquainted.

His Assiduity hath been equal to his Rectitude of principle; and it is hoped his Improvements in Learning have not been inferior to either.1


1John Parke Custis probably delivered Cooper’s testimonial to GW at Annapolis where GW went on 26 September. Custis and GW traveled to Mount Vernon on 2 October. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:205, 208. GW assumed that Custis had returned from King’s College for a vacation “of four or five Weeks,” but by the middle of December GW was forced to concede to Cooper that Custis had secured GW’s reluctant consent not to return to college so that he could marry Eleanor Calvert (Custis to GW, 5 July; GW to Cooper, 15 Dec.).

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