George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lund Washington, 9 December 1793

To Lund Washington

Phila. Decr 9th 1793.

Dr Lund,

Doctr Tate being among those who had fled from the City during the raging of the Yellow fever I was unable to lay the Statement of your case before him till his return when he sent the enclosed opinion with a request that I would read, & forward it to you.1

As soon as I had done so, I sent Mr Dandridge to his lodgings in order to desire him to proceed immediately to Alexandria in the Stage of this day with out waiting to hear from you, but behold he had left town again not to return before Wednesday.

I thought it best, for the reasons he assigns to loose no time; and because I think his charge (even if his expences are added which I presume will be the case) is a very reasonable one for he can not be absent much short of 15 days from his practice in these parts.

I shall repeat this request as soon as he returns—giving you notice of it in the meanwhile—My Complimts to Mrs Washington—and with every wish for Yr speedy & perfect recovery I am Dr Lund Yr Affe. frd

Go: Washington


1The enclosure has not been identified. James Tate (d. 1813), a surgeon of the 3d Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War, practiced medicine in Philadelphia and Bucks County. In June 1794 he successfully treated GW for a skin complaint that GW believed to be cancerous (see GW to Thomas Pinckney, 25 Feb. 1795, DLC:GW).

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