George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Powel, 5 July 1785

From Samuel Powel

Philadelphia July 5. 1785.

Dear Sir

I wrote to you on the 24th of last Month, in Answer to the Enquiries you requested me to make, & enclosed the Paper which lead you to make them. I do not find any Reasons to induce me to change the Sentiments I then gave, tho’ I should most readily have done so, had subsequent Information convinced me that they were erroneous.1

Dr Moyes, who passed thro’ this City a few Days since, confirms me in the Opinion that the Work in Question is a mere Compilation. He regretted much that the Heat of the Weather agreed so ill with his Health as to oblige him to seek the Influence of a more northern Climate, & prevented him the Honor of paying his Respects to you, which, however, he flatters himself he shall be able to do before he leaves the Continent. Mrs Macaulay too, left us about Ten Days since, on her Way for New York. She appears to be much pleased with her Journey to Virginia.

Mrs Powel, who begs Leave to join me in the best Wishes for yourself & Mrs Washington, requests the Favor of you to deliver the enclosed Letter to your Nephew.2 I am, with real Respect, Dear Sir Your most obedt humble Servt

Samuel Powel


1GW had already taken Powel’s advice and written Charles Vancouver conveying his refusal to grant permission for him to dedicate his book to GW. See GW to Vancouver, 30 June, and GW to Powel, 19 July.

2Bushrod Washington became acquainted with Powel and his wife, Elizabeth Willing Powel, when he went to Philadelphia in 1782 to study law under James Wilson.

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