George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Nicholson, 14 November 1792

From John Nicholson

[Philadelphia] Novr 14th 1792.


I was at a loss whether first to offer the subscription herewith that your name might grace the head thereof—or to be detered by the consideration that in your office it may be deemed if not an interference of our government, yet of the highest administrators thereof which may give offence to some other Nations, but I considered that of this you could best Judge And that if the presenting it to you was improper you would excuse it when you knew the Motives.1 With the highest respect And Esteem I have the honor to be your Most obedt servant

Jno. Nicholson

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1The enclosed subscription from Pennsylvania comptroller general John Nicholson has not been identified. For a discussion of the many and varied economic pursuits of this prominent land speculator and financier, see Arbuckle, Pennsylvania Speculator and Patriot. description begins Robert D. Arbuckle. Pennsylvania Speculator and Patriot: The Entrepreneurial John Nicholson, 1757–1800. University Park, Pa., 1975. description ends

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