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From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 31 August 1797

To Timothy Pickering

Mount Vernon 31 Augt 1797.

Dear Sir,

The last Mail brought me your favour of the 24th instant, covering a letter from General Kosciuszko. And presuming that the Attorney General is on his way to Virginia, I hope to receive, soon, the Packets you committed to his charge. Not knowing where Genl Kosciuszko may be, I pray your care of the enclosed to him, as it is probable his movements will be known to you.1

It is with extreme regret I hear of the Yellow fever being in Philadelphia; and that so many families will be incommoded by a removal from it. Will it not render the meeting of Congress at that place uncertain? I sincerely hope that you may all escape, by steering clear of the Malady. With great esteem & regard I am always Yr obedt & affecte Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. Hearing that Mr Monroe’s production is in the Press, I wd thank you for a copy so soon as it issues from thence.2

ALS, MHi: Pickering Papers; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW is referring to his letter to Kosciuszko. of this date, which is printed in a note, John Sinclair to GW, 9 June 1797.

2See Pickering to GW, 25 July, n.1. Monroe’s book was not printed until the end of the year, and Pickering sent GW a copy of it on 20 Jan. 1798 (see GW to Pickering, 12 Jan. 1798, n.2).

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