George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Morris, 11 November 1787

From William Morris

Philadelphia 11th November 1787

Dear Sir

I take this opportunity of returning you my most sincere thanks for the fusee you were so obliging as to send me & I shall allways remember with pleasure the time when I recieved a present from that Patriotick Chief, who at the head of a raw & undisciplined army defended his Country from the invasion of a Veteran band of Soldiers who were sent by one of the most powerfull Kingdoms of Europe to enslave us, but thanks to Heaven & to you Sir they were disappointed. Be assured Sir its being of American manufacture so far from lessening its value in my eyes heightens its value in them; as I am sure it would in those of any lover of his Country for a People who depend upon any Nation for the articles they consume can not be called entirely independant.

I dare say Sir it will give you some pleasure to hear that this State is likely to conform with the opinion of the Fœderal Convention in chusing a State Convention.

By the New con[s]titution Foreign Princes may see that the American chiefs are not only Warriors in the field but also (if I may be allowed the expression) Warriors in the Cabinet. Mama desires me to offer you & Mrs Washington her most respectfull compliments. Sir, I remain with the greatest respect Your obedient Servant

Wm Morris


William Morris, the third son of Robert and Mary White Morris, was 16 years old in 1787. He died in October 1798.

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