George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Mathew Carey, 22 May 1789

To Mathew Carey

New York May 22d 1789.


In addition to what I wrote to you formerly on the subject of a loan,1 I now inform you (and desire that this letter which conveys the information, may be destroyed as soon as read) that my utmost exertions were ineffectually used to borrow a sum of money (even at a high interest, and for me, disadvantageous terms) to comply with contracts of my own, before I left Virginia. Having made this communication, it is unnecessary to adduce further proof of my inability to comply with the request contained in your letter of the 18th instant.2 I am Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington


2Instead of destroying it, Carey returned this letter to GW in a letter of 27 May. For GW’s angry response and Carey’s apologies, see GW to Carey, 29 May, 10 June, and Carey to GW, 4, 15 June 1789.

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