To Mary White Morris
Mount Vernon Septr 21st 1799
Our dear Madam,
We never learnt with certainty, until we had the pleasure of seeing Mr White (since his return from Frederick) that you were at Winchester.1
We hope it is unnecessary to repeat in this place, how happy we should be to see you and Miss Morris under our roof, and for as long a stay as you shall find convenient, before you return to Philadelphia; for be assured we ever have, and still do retain, the most Affectionate regard for you Mr Morris and the family.2 With the highest esteem & regard, and best wishes for the health & happiness of the family you are in we are Dear Madam Your Most Obedt and Very Humble Servants
ALS, NhD; Df[S], in GW’s hand, Ia-HA. The signature, or signatures, are clipped from the draft.
1. Alexander White, the District of Columbia commissioner and former congressman whose home was in Frederick County, had dinner at Mount Vernon on this day (see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:366).
2. Robert Morris was in debtors’ prison in Philadelphia.