To Elizabeth Willing Powel
Monday Evening [9 September 1793]1
Persuaded as Mrs Washington and myself are, that your own good sense will always dictate what under existing circumstances shall appear best, we have only to regret that in the present instance it will deprive us of the pleasure of your company to Virginia.2
We unite in every good wish for you & Mr Powell, and I have the honor to be with the most Affectionate regard, Your most obedt Servt
1. Powel wrote “September 9th 1793” at the bottom of the manuscript.
2. Powel had declined the Washingtons’ invitation in her letter to GW of this date.