George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 26 July 1796

Philadelphia July 26. 1796.


I have the honor to send you a translation of the German letter received from you last Saturday with a pamphlet in the same language by Joachim Detler Wittmack. My clerk who made the translation says he could not find in the English language words to convey the sentiments of extreme humility expressed in the original, and which are familiar in the German: So debasing to the human mind are the absolute, hereditary governments of monarchs & nobles!

Judge Peters understanding both the language and the subject of Mynheer Wittmack’s pamphlet, I will place it in his hands, to be disposed of afterwards as you shall be pleased to direct. But however considerable may be Mr Wittmack’s practical knowledge of husbandry, he could not have written the pamphlet in its present style; his manuscript letter being (the Clerk says) extremely incorrect. I have the honor to be most respectfully, sir, your obt servant

Timothy Pickering

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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