George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Hawes, 19 May 1791

From Robert Hawes

Queen Street, Moorfields, London, 19 May 1791. Presents with sincere respects the enclosed “effort of a solitary Individual to avenge america’s and his injur’d Country’s wrongs. May the God of Liberty preserve you continually—is The Prayer of Sir Your Excellency’s most affectionate Friend, and admiring Servant, with a Bible open, and presenting 1. Maccabees Xth Chapter 15 & 16 Verses to my View.”1


A London printer by the name of Robert Hawes published in 1786 a memorial against a tax on windows and in 1793 several political squibs, acrostical addresses, and prophetic pamphlets. His 1791 enclosure has not been identified, and no acknowledgment to this letter has been found.

1“Now when king Alexander had heard what promises Demetrius had sent unto Jonathan: when also it was told him of the battels and noble acts which he & his brethren had done, and of the paines that they had indured, He said, Shall we find such another man? Now therefore we will make him our friend, and confederate.”

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