To David Stuart
Mount Vernon Augt 15th 1786
Mrs Washington is prevented from dining with you tomorrow by the arrival of a French Gentleman of Rank—Genl Duplessis—who is introduced, and very warmly recommended to me by the Count de Estaing, the Marqs de la Fayette &ca—in consequence I have persuaded Colo. Humphreys to Postpone his visit to Abingdon. Wishing to shew this Gentleman (Genl Duplessis) all the Civilities in my power, I should be glad if you & Mrs Stuart would dine with us tomorrow. other Company are also invited from Alexandria at Dinner, at this time.1 That Mrs Stuart may be accomodated, George’s Phæton, & a pair of my horses (two others being sent to Fredericksburgh) is carried up by Charles.2 Yrs affectly
ALS, sold in 1992 by Christie, Manson & Woods International, Inc.
1. In his entry for 16 Aug. GW wrote: “Colonels [John] Fitzgerald and [William] Lyles Mr. Brailsford (an English Gentleman) and Mr. [Joseph Marie] Perrin came here to dinner” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:27). Perrin was a Frenchman living in Alexandria.
2. Charles may be GW’s Muddy Hole farm slave, but it is more likely that he is a slave of George Augustine Washington’s of that name.