George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James McHenry, 4 March 1799

To James McHenry

Mount Vernon March 4th 1799

Dear Sir,

I have been duly favoured with your letter of the 12th ultimo—and am much obliged by your kind attention to the business which I desired McAlpin to execute for me.

Enclosed is a letter from Mr Alexr A. Peters requesting to be appointed Surgeon or Lieutt in the Army—also one addressed to yourself which came to my hands by the last Mail.1 I am dear Sir, with due respect & esteem, Your mo. ob. st

Df, in Tobias Lear’s hand, DLC:GW; on the reverse is a list of banknotes in an unknown hand, .

1Neither the letter from Alexander Peter, son of Robert and brother of Thomas Peter, nor the other letter to McHenry has been found. By a codicil to his will made shortly before his death, Robert Peter left only twenty pounds to his son Alexander but recommended him to the care of his family, “that he may not suffer for clothes, lodging, or diet” (Columbia Hist. Soc. Recs. description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society. Washington, D.C., 1895—. description ends , 3:217).

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