George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Willson Peale, June 1787

From Charles Willson Peale

[c. June 1787]

Dr Sir

Your obliging consent to set is confering a most singular favor on me, for which I hope I shall always be found grateful, on the success of this undertaking depends much of my happiness. if I am so fortunate as to make a good, and faithful Portrait, I shall be enabled to gratifie many of your warm friends by excuting a good Print and the practice I lately had in this line is only bringing in my hand to execute something I hope more Excellent. my next solicitude is to make the bussiness as convenient to you as possible. I thought by bringing my Pallette & Pensils to Mr Morris’s that you might sett at your leisure and if any Interruptions by Visitors or bussiness should take place that I would wait or attend any time convenient to you1 and esteem every labour light in a work of so much Consequence to your much Obliged Friend and very Humble Servt

C.W. Peale

LB, PPAmP: Charles Willson Peale Papers.

1See Peale to GW, 29 May. According to his diary GW sat for Peale before attending the Convention on the mornings of 3, 6, and 9 July (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:173, 174, 175). Peale advertised the mezzotint of GW in August (Miller, Peale Papers, 1:481, n.2 description begins Lillian B. Miller, ed. The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family. 4 vols. New Haven, 1983–96. description ends ).

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