George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James McHenry, 18 July 1796


18th July 96

Dear Sir,

I have not segacity enough to discover what end was to be answered by reporting—first, that I was to be in Philadelphia on the 4th July—and secondly, when that report was contradicted by my non-appearance, then to account for it by a fall from my Phæton.

If any scheme could have originated; or been facilitated by these, or any other reports, however unfounded, I should not have been surprised at the propagation of them; for evidence enough has been given that mith or false hood is equally used, and indifferent to that class of men if their object can be obtained. I wish you well, & am always Your Affectionate

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