George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Goodloe Harper, 10 July 1797

To Robert Goodloe Harper

Mount Vernon 10th July 1797

Dear Sir,

By the last Post I was honoured with your “observations on the dispute between the United States and France” and for your polite attention in sending them to me I pray you to accept my best acknowledgments.1

Being on the point of celebrating Harvest [at]2 home, I must be allowed, as a Farmer, to make every other matter yield to the accomplishment thereof; that being over, the Pamphlet, I am persuaded, will be read with edification and pleasure by Dear Sir Your Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers; LB, DLC:GW.

1Robert Goodloe Harper (1765–1825), who arrived in Congress from South Carolina in February 1795 and quickly evolved into a vehement Federalist, published in Philadelphia in 1797 Observations on the Dispute between the United States and France. Harper inscribed the copy that he gave to GW: “The writer of this little piece begs permission to present a copy of it to Genl. Washington as a token of his veneration for the Author of that wise system of policy which he has endeavoured to defend. Philadelphia June 30 1797” (Griffin, Boston Athenæum Washington Collection, description begins Appleton P.C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends 98).

2The copyist added the word “at” in the letter book.

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