From William Washington
[19 October 1798]
Your letter of September the 27th I received, a few days ago by Major Simons. In conformity with your request I have enclosed a list which consists of such persons who I have reason to believe are desirous of obtaining commissions in the Army . . .1
I had indulged the pleasing hope that I had made a final retreat into the peaceful shades of retirement, but at this momentous crisis I shall not hesitate when I shall have my appointment officially announced (at present I know nothing of it, except what appears in the public prints,) to obey the summons of my country, especially when I know that the army is to be commanded by a chief for whom I have had the highest respect and veneration.
Please to make a tender of my best respects to Mrs. Washington. With the greatest respect and esteem, your very obedient servant.
L, printed in Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 30–31 Oct. 1950, Cat. #1190, p. 281, item 1167; L, printed in Memoirs of the Long Island Historical Society (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1867–89), 4:xxii-xxiii. The first paragraph, which does not appear in the Memoirs, is taken from the Parke-Bernet catalog: the last two are taken from the Long Island Historical Society Memoirs. The catalog quotes the second paragraph only in part and omits the third.