George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Harper, 10 September 1793

From Joseph Harper

Philada 10th Septr 1793


We have that Honor of inclosing to you a Memorial which most deeply interests us, we presumed that cases of a Similar kind had been laid before you, but upon enquiry we are led to believe that there is something so Special in our Situation, as not to suffer any decision which has yet been made in any case to be applicable to ours—Permit us therefore to intreat you Sir to consider the embarrassment into which we have been thrown and to extend to us such relief as your attention to the Wellfair of your fellow Citizens justifies us in expecting. We are with due Respect Sir Your Most Humble Servts

Joseph Harper
for Self &C.

ALS, DNA: RG 76, International Claims: France.

Joseph Harper had been a Philadelphia merchant at least since 1776. GW received this letter and enclosure on 26 Sept. while at Mount Vernon, and he replied to Harper the next day.

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