To William White
Mount Vernon 30th May 1799
Revd & Dear Sir,
The Sermon on the duty of Civil obedience as required in Scripture, which you had the goodness to send me, came safe a Post or two ago; and for which I pray you to accept my grateful acknowledgments.1
The hurry in which it found me engaged, in a matter that pressed, has not allowed me time to give it a perusal yet: but I anticipate the pleasure & edification I shall find when it is in my power to do it. With every respectful wish, in which Mrs Washington unites, for yourself & the young ladies of your family, I am with great esteem & regard, Dear Sir Your Most Obedt & Very Hble Servt
ALS, PPOCC; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.
1. Bishop White’s Sermon on the Duty of Civil Obedience was delivered at Christ Church and St. Peter’s in Philadelphia on 25 April (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 226).