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From George Washington to Edward Carrington, 28 May 1798

To Edward Carrington

Mount Vernon 28⟨th⟩ May 1798

Dear Sir,

The present dangerous crisis of public affairs, makes one anxious to know the Sentiments of our citizens in different parts of this Commonwealth; and no one ha[vin]g better opportunities to form an opinion of the central part thereof, than yourself—this will be my apology for giving you the trouble of a letter at this time.

Several Counties above the Blue ridge have come forward with warm addresses, & strong professions of support. From Norfolk two meetings, one good the other bad, have their proceedings detailed in the Gazettes. Meetings have taken place in a few of the middle Counties, with unpromising results; and an invitation was given for one, in Davis’s Paper of the ⟨15⟩th to be held in Richmond, but I have heard nothing more concerning it.1 Let not any enquiries or gratifications of mine, interfere with your more important concerns; the devotion of a moment or two, of leisure, will suffice for, Dear Sir Yr Affecte & Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

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

Edward Carrington (1749–1810), an old friend of GW’s, was at this time serving as supervisor of revenue in the Virginia district.

1For the Norfolk meetings, see GW to Alexander Hamilton, 27 May, n.3. Augustine Davis’s paper was the Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser (Richmond) .

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