To Robert Morris
Mount Vernon July 23d 1792.
This letter will be presented to you by Mr Jno. Augo. Spotswood, Son of General Spotswood. The enclosure, communicates the ideas of the father, and the wishes of the Son as fully as it is in my power to make them known to you; and when compared with the former letters from Genl Spotswood to me, which you have seen,1 leaves nothing more for me to add on this subject than to say that your good Offices in behalf of the young Gentleman will oblige2 the father, the Son & myself.
I have no knowledge of the young man, nor have I the least reason to distrust the character given of him by his father—but it is a fathers account—and you, better than I will know whether any, & what allowances are to be made for it.
Mrs Washington joins with me in a tender of best wishes for Mrs Morris yourself & the rest of the family. With very great esteem & regard I am—Dr Sir—Yr Most Obedt and Affect. Hble Sert
ALS (photocopy), DLC:GW, ser. 9; LB, DLC:GW.
1. GW’s enclosure has not been identified. Alexander Spotswood’s letters to GW regarding a maritime berth for his son John Augustine Spotswood were written on 4 Dec. 1791, 14 Mar., and 10 July 1792 (not found).
2. At this place on the draft manuscript, GW wrote and then struck out the words: “all those of us.”