George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Richard Raynal Keene, 28 December 1798

To Richard Raynal Keene

Mount Vernon 28th Decr 1798.


At all times, when it is in my power to do it with tolerable convenience to myself, I feel pleasure in aiding the deserving and meritorious.

But let me observe at the sametime, that a very mistaken opinion prevails with respect to my means of accomplishing this, in a pecuniary way; for was I to judge of these opinions by the numerous applications which are made to me for money, it must be conjectured by them, that I have resources far—very far indeed—beyond what the fact will warrant.

I can assure you, that I find it no easy matter to keep my expenditures within the limits of my receipts; and that, without travelling out of my own circle, I find more than enough to require all the surplusage of the latter, when I have any to spare.

I return the papers contained in your letter of the 24th instant, agreeably to your request; and as I want no evidence of your request, I send the letter also.1 I am Sir Your Very Hble Servant

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1The letter, which GW returned to Keene, has not been found.

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