George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Selena Hastings, countess of Huntingdon, 20 February 1783

Bath Feby 20th 1783.


Ill qualified as I am to pay you the various honours due to your uncommon priviledges, you must nevertheless allow me to express the high esteem that so much belongs to that of your private character, & which I am but Justly ambitious to acknowledge by every mark of my confidence—In this view I have taken the liberty of naming you as one of my Executors for establishing a foundation in America principally intended as a College for a Mission to the Indian nations—My Worthy & exceeding kind friend Mr Laurens, who obliges me by conveying this my best meant respect to you, will convey also to you the more particular intentions & liberal purposes of my best moments—He will tell you I have a claim to your acceptance of this as done to a relation in which you certainly stand connected with me—Washington Earl Ferrers being my Father, whose mother was a Washington & whome he was named She was one that deserved & will ever have the greatest honour to her memory while the family or the honours of Ferrers & Shirley lasts—Should your greater engagements render my hopes for your attentions less possible than I may flatter myself you will easily forgive what opinion & respect so fully must ever alike maintain to you—Mrs Washington must have my kind Compts while she is ever secure of my best wishes—I have the honour & privildge of remaining Sir with great respect Your Faithful & most Obt Humble Sert

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Uk-Chesnut College.

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