George Washington Papers

To George Washington from "Christain Charity", 2 July 1794

From "Christain Charity"

Carlile the 2d of July 94


you are now in The Decline of Life and Lived To See Some Remarkable Events and you have now Time to Consider your own Transactions That you may Give an Account of all The Good you have Done and How you have Employd your Talents I hope Sir you will Take Some Pity on The Two Poor Children Belonging to Late French King and Prevail with The Present Ruling Power to Show them Some Respect1 if you Sir or any man in America has Gaind any thing by your Independance it is To the Late French King you are Indebted and in Gratitude you are Bound To Asist his Children Consider Sir what a Reverse of Fortune That Family has Experiencd and how Cruelly they are Treated and as a man and a Christian Prevail with them if you can To accomadate matters that Peace and Tranquility may be Establishd and Employ your Latter Days in acts of Charity and if you Take my advise you will Have your Reward Hereafter.

Christain Charity

AL, DLC:GW. GW docketed the cover, which is addressed "His Excellency George Washington President of The United States at Williams Burgh in The Province of Virginia or Else Where America," as "Annonymous 2d July 1794."

1The surviving children of Louis XVI, Louis-Charles (1785-1795) and Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte (1778-1851), had been imprisoned at the Temple Fortress with their parents. Louis-Charles, who was separated from the family after his father’s execution, reportedly died in prison in 1795. Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte subsequently was exchanged for French prisoners held by the Austrians. She married her cousin Louis-Antoine, Duc d’Angoulême, in 1799.

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