George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean Le Mayeur, 10 April 1786

From Jean Le Mayeur

Richmond 10th april 1786


i have this day only—had the honour of your Excellency’s favour of the 28th march owing i supose to the neglect of the Post office in not forwarding it to me before now1 i can not sufficiently Express the high sence i have of your Excellencys polite and frindly attention to the care of my Cavallry i am at a loss for words to Express my Gratitude for the new offer of the services of yr horse magnolio. i think him and Elegant horse and would prefer my mares Going to him rather than any one i have seen in America but the choice is more agreable to me being recommended by yr Excellancy to whose favour i am not ashamed to be further indebted.2

this come by my servant who will relive you from the trouble of my Black horse and about the second week in may i hope the honour of paying my respects in person to mrs Washington and your Excellancy at mount vernon.3 i have the honour to be with Every sentiment of regard and veneration your Excellancy’s most most Respectfull and very humble servant

j. Le Mayeur


1Letter not found.

2Magnolio (Magnolia), an Arabian horse that GW acquired from the estate of John Parke Custis, was chestnut colored, nearly sixteen hands high, and “thought by all who have seen him to be perfect” (Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser, 24 Mar. 1785).

3GW wrote in his diary for 14 April: “Doctr. La Moyeur sent for his Black horse & Chaise which his Servant carried away to day.” Le Mayeur himself arrived at Mount Vernon on 15 June “with a Servant, Chaise, & 3 Horses” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:310, 348).

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