George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Addison, 6 December 1798

To Alexander Addison

Philadelphia 6th Decr 1798.


Your favor of the 21st Ulto enclosing thoughts on the “Liberty of Speech and of the Press in a charge to the Grand Juries of the County Courts of the fifth circuit of the State of Pennsylvania” has been duly received, and I pray you to accept my thanks for this fresh inst[anc]e of your attention & politeness to me.1

I am persuaded I shall read it with the same pleasure, & marked approbation that I have done your other productions of a similar nature which have come to my hands—I say shall because my occupations since I came to this City have been such as scarcely to afford me time to look into a News-paper. With great esteem & respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Hble Servant

Go: Washington


1Letter not found. A copy of Liberty of Speech, and of the Press (Washington, Pa., 1798), with “General Washington” inscribed on the cover, was in GW’s library at the time of his death (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 3).

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