George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 17 November 1798

To Elizabeth Willing Powel

Saturday Forenoon Novr 17th 1798

My dear Madam

I thank you for the information contained in your note of this date1—although I am not, nor have not been, under any apprehension of the desolating Fever.

I am to dine this day at Mr Willings, and if you are disengaged, will have the honor of drinking Tea with you in Third Street, afterwards.2 I am always Your Most Obedt Obliged and Affecte Servant

Go: Washington

ALS, ViMtvL.

1Letter not found.

2GW dined on this day with Thomas Willing (1731–1821), whom he had known since 1774. Willing was the former business partner of Robert Morris and the brother of Elizabeth Willing Powel, the widow of GW’s old friend Samuel Powel and herself a close friend of the Mount Vernon family. GW does not refer in his diaries to visiting Mrs. Powel at this or any other time while in Philadelphia, but the notes that the two exchanged indicate that he probably did so a number of times (see GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 1, 4, 7, 9 Dec, and Mrs. Powel to GW, 3, 7 December).

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