George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Frederick Ramnitz, 20 March 1799

To John Frederick Ramnitz

Mount Vernon in Virginia
20th March 1799


Your letter of the 31st of October last, with a Box of Medicine, which you con⟨sidered⟩ would prove efficatious in the dreadful fever with which our large Sea Port Towns have been visited, got safe to my hands—and conveys a strong, and pleasing evidence of your human and benevolent intention, & wishes to afford relief to the suffering Inhabitants of them.

Having for more than two years been seated in retirement on my paternal Estate—remote from the scenes of public life, & far removed from the calamity which has pressed sorely on Philadelphia and New York, I could do no more than commiserate their situation—unable to point out a remedy for it. If your Medicine, on trial, will afford this, happy indeed will it be for those places and mankind in general, that you have discovered it—and the blessings of thousands would attend you.

Being, as I have observed above, no longer in the walks of Public life, and far removed from Philadelphia, I have sent your letter & medicine to Colo. Pickering (our Secretary of State) who resides in that City, and one in whom I can place entire confidence, to act, as you requested I would, with the latter—concealing your name.1 I can do no less, however, than to offer you my thanks in behalf of all those who may receive benefit by the application; and to assure you of the sense I entertain of your benevolent intentions in forwarding of the Medicine to Sir Your Most Obedient and Very Humble Servant

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW. GW docketed the letter, “To Mr J.F. Ramnitz Druggist near Berlin.”

1GW sent this letter under cover of his letter to Timothy Pickering, this date, for forwarding. See also the references in note 1 to the letter to Pickering.

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