Bethlehem Nov. 15. 1796.
Honored and Dear Sir
Your Esteemed favor of the 9th Inst. signifying Your desire to place Your Niece in our boarding-School is before me.
Under a lively sense of the honor done to our humble Institution for the education of young Ladies by the Confidence Your Exlly is pleased to place in our imperfect endeavors to promote as far as in us lies the wellfare of the rising generation, and with a sincere Wish, to render even the smallest Service to the beloved father of our Country; Tho’ not without diffidence, lest the merits of our School might have been overrated and your favorable Expectations with respect to your Niece may be disappointed in the end—I do myself the honor to inform You, that I will endeavor to accomodate Your Niece within the Course of two or three Months, agreeable to your request. With the most profound Respect to Your good Lady and Yourself, I have the honor to subscribe myself Your Excellys most Obedient Servant
Jacob Van Vleck
DLC: Papers of George Washington.