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To George Washington from Gouverneur Morris, 29 October 1793

From Gouverneur Morris

Paris 29. October 1793

I take the liberty of introducing to the acquaintance of General Washington a person highly deserving of his Notice: Monsieur de Volney who will have the Honor to deliver this letter goes out to acquire in America an Addition to his Stock of knowledge.1 His Conversation equally pleasing and instructive will I trust agreably relax some of your careful Hours. I am happy in the opportunity he gives me of presenting him and of assuring you of my Esteem and respect.

LB, DLC: Gouverneur Morris Papers.

1Constantin-François Chasseboeuf Volney (1757–1820) was a French writer most noted for Les Ruines; or Méditation sur les Révolutions des Empires (2 vols. [Geneva, 1791]), which attacked political despotism. He was arrested for debt in November and hence postponed his contemplated visit to America. However, he did make an extended visit to America beginning in October 1795 and stayed at Mount Vernon in July 1797 (see GW to George Washington Parke Custis, 23 July 1797).

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