To the Earl of Buchan
German Town in the State of Pennsyla
8th Novr 1793
Mr Lear, The Gentleman who will have the honr of putting this letter into your hands, I can venture, & therefore shall take the liberty, to introduce as worthy of your Lordships civilities. He has lived seven or eight yrs in my family as my private Secretary, and possesses a large share of my esteem & friendship. Commercial pursuits have taken him to Europe & a desire to visit some of the Manufacturing towns in Scotland carries him first to that Country. A wish while there to pay his respects to Your Lordship, with whom he knows I have been in corrispondence, must be my apology for recommending him to your notice especially as it will afford me a fresh occasion to assure you of the high esteem & respect with which I have the honor to be Your Lordships Most Obedt & Very Hble Serv⟨t⟩
ADfS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW; Copy, MHi: Miscellaneous Collection.
The ALS of this letter was offered for sale by Sotheby’s (London), English Literature and History: Comprising Printed Books, Autograph Letters and Manuscripts, 15 Dec. 1988, Lot 185. The catalog states that Buchan wrote on the address panel: “I happened to be at some little distance from home when Mr. Lear arrived at Dryburgh Abbey, & such were the Allarmist feelings of the Country created by the Mountbankism of Pitt he was strictly examined by my Clerk & forced to show the Presidents handwriting before he was admitted to remain!” For Lear’s account of his reception by Buchan, see his letter to GW of 26–30 Jan. 1794.