George Washington Papers

To George Washington from François Barbé de Marbois, 8 June 1784

From François Barbé de Marbois

Philadelphia June 8th 1784.


I have received the Treatise upon the growth & management of tobacco for which I wish your excellency will accept my thanks. I know that Book will be very acceptable to M. Malsherbes.1

I have had So many proofs of your & Mrs Washington Kindness to me sir, that I am persuaded you’ll take Some Share in the pleasure I feel in a connection intended with Miss Eliza moore the late Presidents daughter.2 It is to take place on the 17. of this month; I hope it will make me perfectly happy & I am more particularly pleased as it Strengthen the ties by which I was allready connected with this continent, & its Citizens. The young lady presents you her respects. I think She is not a Stranger to your Excellency nor Mrs Washington: being So intimately connected I hope I will increase rather than diminish the Friendship with which you sir, have hounoured us both. I am with greatest respect Your very humble obedient Servant

De Marbois

Be so kind as to present my respects & compliments to Mr L. Washington & family.


1See GW to George Clinton, 25 Nov. 1784, n.5, for an account of Malesherbes’s sending grapevines to New York for GW in the spring of 1784.

2William Moore (c.1735–1793), a wealthy Philadelphia merchant, was president of the Pennsylvania supreme executive council from 1781 to 1782. Elizabeth, his only daughter, did marry Marbois, who first came to Philadelphia as secretary of the French legation in 1779.

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