To John Rumney
Mount Vernon 5th July 1784
I have been favor’d with your letter of July 1783. the business which gave rise to it, was settled before the letter came to my hands.1 Having imbibed a warm friendship for your oldest Son while living,2 any act by which I could consistently have given aid to your other son,3 or that would render a service to you, would have afforded me pleasure: of this I pray you to be assured, as also of the sincerity of my condolence on the loss you have sustained in Colo. Rumney who was an amiable Man, & a worthy Citizen of this Country. I am Sir &c. &c.
1. Letter not found.
2. GW’s friend Dr. William Rumney, who died in 1783, was a surgeon in the British army during the French and Indian War. In 1763 at the end of the war, he settled in Alexandria and lived there until his death.