George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Esther De Berdt Reed, 20 July 1780

Head Quarters 20th July 1780.

An idea has occurred to me, my Dear Madam, which if perfectly consistent with the views of the female patriots, may perhaps extend the utility of their subscriptions: It is to deposit the amount in the Bank & receive Bank Notes in lieu of it to purchase the articles intended.

This while serviceable to the Bank and advancing its operations seems to have no inconvenience to the intentions of the Ladies. By uniting the efforts of patriotism they will reciprocally promote each other—& I should imagine the Ladies will have no objection to an union with the Gentlemen.

But I beg Madam the suggestion I have taken the liberty to make may not have the least attention paid to it, if the sentiments of all the fair associates do not perfectly coincide. I have the honour to be with perfect respect and Esteem, Madam Your Mo. Obt Servant

G. Washington.


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