George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Grayson, 5 May 1785

From William Grayson

N. York May 5th 1785.

Dear Sir

Mr King one of the delegates of Massachusets bay, & a gentleman of great worth has particularly requested me to introduce to you, Mr Prince & Mr Darby, the former a Clergyman of amiable character, the latter the son of a respectable Merchant: They are travelling to Virginia & have a desire of calling at Mount Vernon.1

I therefore hope you will excuse the liberty I take in presenting them to you. I have the honor to be with the highest respt Yr Affect. friend & Most Obedt Servt

Willm Grayson.


1Rufus King (1755–1827), in 1787 one of the delegates to the Federal Convention from Massachusetts, was a member of Congress for Massachusetts from 1784 to 1786. John Prince (1751–1836) was minister of the First Church in Salem, Massachusetts. “Mr. Darby” was probably a son of Elias Hasket Derby, a prominent merchant in Salem. Prince and “Darby” had dinner at Mount Vernon on Sunday, 15 May. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:139.

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