From Alexander White
New York 26th June 1790
It is with great diffidence I offer the enclosed but having taken that liberty will not add to your trouble by Apologies, I will only state such Facts as may enable you to judge whether th⟨is⟩ institution is like to be useful1—the nature of the Country in general, its salubrity and fertility you are well acquainted with—The Academy has been supported several years by private Donations, and the monies arising from Tuition, notwithstanding another Gramm⟨a⟩r School and a number of English and Dutch Schools have been kept up in the Town by private subscriptions—The Assembly of Virginia at their last Session granted to the Trustees a Lot in Winchester, and two Tracts of Land—One on Cedar Creek containing 200 acres the other on Back Creek containing 900 acres—it is proposed to erect the Buildings on the Lot and to rent the Lands, which in the present State of their improvements, may not yield much, but will be very valuable in future—If you think this infant Seminary deserving of any share of your Patronage you will signify it in the manner most agreeable to yourself—I am with the greatest regard and respect Sir Your most Obt Servt
1. The enclosure, probably a circular soliciting support for the Winchester Academy, has not been found. The academy was incorporated by the Virginia assembly in the October 1786 session (12 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 388). On 9 Dec. 1789 the assembly passed an amendment of the act of incorporation granting the trustees a lot in the town of Winchester and two escheated tracts outside the town (13 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 91–92). No reply from GW has been found.