George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Gouverneur Morris, 19 June 1794

To Gouverneur Morris


My dear Sir,Baltimore June 19th 1794.

The difficulty (under existing circumstances)1 of knowing what to write to you, had determined me to write nothing, but to let the matter rest altogether upon the public communications from the Secretary of State.

Coming to this place, however, (on a flying visit to Mount Vernon) and finding the Vessel on which Mr Monroe is on board had not left the River,2 I have so far departed from my determination, as to be seated in order to assure you that my confidence in, and friendship & regard for you remains undiminished.

To time, and your own observations, if you should return immediately to this Country, I commit the rest; & it will be nothing new to assure you that I am always and very sincerely Yours affectionately

Go: Washington

ALS, NNC; ALS (duplicate), NNGL; ADfS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW; copy, PHi: Samuel Washington Woodhouse Collection. Morris replied to this letter in his to GW of 30 December.

1GW was alluding to Morris’s recall as minister to France.

2James Monroe, Morris’s successor as minister to France, sailed from Baltimore on 18 June aboard the Cincinnatus. The letter missed connections with Monroe at this time, and GW eventually enclosed this letter with his to Monroe of 25 June.

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