To Robert Hanson Harrison
Mount Vernon, July 3, 1785.
In the interval between your leaving this and the arrival of Mr. Briscoe, Mr. Montgomery, of Dumfries, recommended a young man whom he thought would answer my purpose; and being desired to speak to him, he accepted my offer, and will be with me in the course of a few days.1 Had it not been for this, the good character given of Mr. Briscoe by you and others would have induced me, without hesitation, to have accepted of his services. I thank you very sincerely for the ready and early attention you paid to my inquiries. To assure you of the great esteem and regard I have for you is unnecessary, because you must be convinced of it; I shall only add, therefore, that I am, very affectionately, your obedient and obliged humble servant,
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1. Harrison was at Mount Vernon on 11 June, and William Briscoe arrived there on 23 June with Harrison’s letter of 20 June (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:151, 155). Thomas Montgomerie’s letter is dated 21 June. See note 1 in Montgomerie’s letter.