George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Sullivan, 30 October 1789

From John Sullivan

Durham [N.H.] October 30th 1789

Much respected Sir

As your Excellency is about to visit the Metropolis of this State, and as I have no House in that Town, will your Excellencey have the goodness to indulge me with the honor of your company with your Suite to a family Dinner at my House in Durham on Wednesday next—Your Excellencey will please to excuse my a⟨sking⟩ the favor at so late a Day; and indeed my ⟨mutilated⟩ inclination led me to petition for it, on your ⟨mutilated⟩ arrival: But it was considered that you wou⟨ld⟩ be much fatigued on Saturday; that on Sunday you did not incline to dine in public; That on monday you might incline to visit The Town Harbor &ca and the Honorable Mr Langdon who Lives in Town informed me that for these Reasons he meant to solicit the honor of your Excellencys company on that Day; On Tuesday the Executive of The State mean to entrat the favor; and Wednesday being the first day that I can consisten[t]ly I must beg leave to put in my claim & petition for the gratification the grant of which will exceedingly oblidge him who has the honor to be with the most exalted Esteem and respect your Excellenceys most obedient and devoted Servant

Jno. Sullivan


GW left Portsmouth early on Wednesday, 4 Nov., and did not accept Sullivan’s invitation. He did, however, call on the president on Tuesday, 3 November. For GW’s activities during his stay in Portsmouth, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:487–91).

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