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From George Washington to Tobias Lear, 26 March 1799

To Tobias Lear

MOUNT VERNON 26th. March 1799.

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 24th. Inst. enclosing one from Major Rivardi was delivered to me last night.1

It gives me pleasure that you are recovering from your lameness, and repeat the wish contained in my last that you would use the means for perfect restoration, and remain as long with Doctr. Thornton as he may conceive advisable.2

With respect to the letter from Major Rivardi, it would be proper to send it, by my direction, to Genl. Hamilton that he may issue such orders in consequence thereof as to him shall appear to suit the occasion; informing the Major thereof. Refering him to my former letter for the mode of his communications in future.

Mrs. Washington has had (it is now better) a very bad Cold in other respects the family are as well as usual, & unite with me in good wishes for you & Complts. to Doctr. Thornton’s family. I am Yr. Sincere friend & Affecte. Servt.

P.S. If you should happen to see Mr. Blagden, pray ask him when he expects to be in mortar—in other words, when he expects to lay the foundation stone.3

Letters and Recollections of George Washington description begins Letters and Recollections of George Washington: Being Letters to Tobias Lear and others between 1790 and 1799, showing the First American in the management of his estate and domestic affairs. With a diary of Washington’s last days, kept by Mr. Lear. New York, 1906. description ends , 127–28.

1Neither Lear’s letter of 24 Mar. nor that of John Jacob Ulrich Rivardi has been found, but see GW to Rivardi, 2 Mar., printed in GW to Alexander Hamilton, 25 Feb. 1799, n.2.

3For the correspondence relating to the construction of GW’s houses in Washington, see especially GW to District of Columbia Commissioners, 28 Sept. 1798, n.2. Thomas Law wrote GW on about 25 April that the cornerstone of his double house was being laid the next day. See also William Thornton’s report to GW on George Blagdin’s progress, 19 April.

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