Fairfield Janry 17th 97:
My Dear Sir
This will be presented to you by my Son Fairfax Washington, who I have sent to Phliadela with a view of reading the Law under Mr Charles Lee, and of improving himself by being introduced into good company. Depending on the friendship you, & your good Lady, have allways express’d for his Father & myself, I make free to beg your countenancing him, & the favor will be gratefully acknowledg’d by me. He is very diffident, & of so easy a temper, that I fear he may be often persuaded to act against his own judgment. If it wou’d not be encroaching too much on your time, & imposing on your good nature, I shou’d be very thankful, if you wou’d sometimes take the trouble to advise him in regard to his moral conduct, as he is by much too young to be in such a City, without a guide, & true Friend, & I do not know One there, that woud answer that description but yourself.
I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you, & my dear Mrs Washington, at Mount Vernon, sometime next Autumn, if God spares me so long. Pray present my best regards to Her, & accept the same from Dr Sir Your most Affect: & grateful Hble Serv: