To Tobias Lear
Mount Vernon 22d. July, 1798.
I am very sorry to learn by Mr. Dalton’s family (now here) that your ague and fever stick by you. If not such as to confine you, your Coming & remaining here while his visit lasts wd. be a kindness to me and company for him; many matters pressing upon me at this time, that cannot, without much inconvenience be postponed, will not suffer me to pay him those attentions I could wish.1 I am Your friend & Affecte. Servt.
Letters and Recollections of George Washington, description begins Letters and Recollections of George Washington: Being Letters to Tobias Lear and others between 1790 and 1799, showing the First American in the management of his estate and domestic affairs. With a diary of Washington’s last days, kept by Mr. Lear. New York, 1906. description ends 124.
1. On 22 July GW wrote in his diary: “Mr. Mrs. Dalton & their two daughters came here to dinner”; and on 25 July, “this family & Mr. Daltons dined with Mr. Le[a]r” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:309, 310). Tristram Dalton (1738–1817), a business associate of Lear, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 1789.