George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Tobias Lear, 6 June 1796

Washington June 6th 1796

My dear Sir,

Your kind letter of the 3d instant has been duly received. I am happy to inform you that my honored Mother and dear boy reached this place in safety last evening. Words cannot express, my dear Sir, the gratitude which I feel for the repeated instances of your goodness to me. The kind attentions shewn by yourself and your good Mrs Washington to my mother & son have made a deep impression on my mind, and the reiterated marks of parental regard which I have experienced from you both puts it out if my power to make proper acknowledgements for them. May heaven bless you with the choicest of its favours!

I am happy to find that we may so soon expect the satisfaction of seeing you in this quarter, where I hope you will experience a little repose from the arduous & anxious business in which you have been so long engaged.

My mother informs me that she receiv[ed] one hundred dollars from you to defray her expenses &c. to this place. Expecting to meet me in New York she did not take with her more money than was necessary to carry her on there. This will be duly accounted for by me. My journey & detention up the Country prevented my going to New York to meet her.

My dear little folks at Mount Vernon are in fine health. I shall get them up this week & Mr Prescott will take charge of them here.

My mother desires that her best respects & most grateful acknowledgements may be presented to Mrs Washington & yourself—to which I add mine—and my best regards to my good friends with you.

The wheat looks very fine. Your’s exceeds any in this part of the Country, and unless an accident happens to it now, the Crop will be great. With the most grateful & affectionate heart I am, my dear Sir, Your sincere & devoted friend

Tobias Lear

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