George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry, 23 April 1798

From Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry

April 23d 1798


It is with hesitating reluctance that I intrude on your leasure to beg you will peruse with indulgeance the small publication I have the honor to present you, your goodness will I hope excuse this liberty, and pardon my desire of proving to you (tho’ by a very imperfect production) that I partake the admiration which the Caracter of Genl Washington everywhere inspires, and the profo[u]nd contempt I have for his insignificant Enemies.1 I in treat you Sir to accept the assurance of all the sentiments of esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be your most obedient and very humble Servant

C. L. Pinckney Horry


Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry (1769–1830) of South Carolina, son of Daniel Horry, Jr. (d. 1785), and Harriott Pinckney Horry, was a favorite nephew of his uncle Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. He changed his name from Daniel Huger Horry to Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry, under which name he published in London in 1797 A Five Minutes Answer to Paine’s Letter to Genl Washington.

1GW wrote Horry from Mount Vernon on 6 May: “Sir, A Post or two ago favoured me with a note from you dated the 23d Ulto accompanying your answr to Paine’s letter, addressed to me.

“For the favourable sentiments you have been pleased to express for me in both, I feel grateful; and pray you to accept this acknowledgment of the sense I entertain of them.

“Until the Gazettes announced your arrival in Philadelphia I was unacquainted with your route from Baltimore. Should your return to Charleston be by land, I shall be happy in seeing you at this place—about nine miles from Alexandria & but little out of the Post Road. I am Sir Yr Obedt Servt Go: Washington” (letterpress copy, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW). See also GW to Thomas Pinckney, 6 May.

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