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From George Washington to William Pearce, 3 October 1794

To William Pearce

Lebanon [Pa.] Octr 3d [1794]

Mr Pearce,

If this letter should reach your hands, it will be delivered by Mr Weston, who with his lady may take a ride from Alexandria to Mount Vernon.1 Should this happen, I request you will make their visit as agreeable as your situation will enable you to do. I am Your friend &ca

Go: Washington

ALS (photocopy), reproduced in Historical Review of Berks County, vol. III, no. 2 (January 1938).

1GW probably was referring to William Weston, an English engineer who had contracted in 1792 to serve as engineer for the canal being constructed in Pennsylvania by the Schuylkill & Susquehanna Navigation Company. GW hoped to have him examine the Potomac River canal. Before his return to England in 1800, Weston became involved with a number of important engineering projects, including plans for a water system for New York City and a bridge over the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia. He had married Charlotte Whitehouse, daughter of an English brewer, in 1792.

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