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The President’s best respects and thanks to Mrs Powell, for the perusal of the Pamphlets herewith, accompany their return. AL , ViMtvL . The pamphlets have not been identified.
The President and Mrs Washington offer the Compliments of the day to Mrs Powell. They sincerely wish her the return of many anniversaries of it. that with each her happiness may increase—& the satisfaction of her friends thereby promoted. The President and Mrs Washington would, with pleasure, have been of Mrs Powell’s party on the present occasion, this evening, had it not been for the late...
The articles you had the goodness to send me this forenoon (when it was not in my power to acknowledge the receipt of them) came very safe, and I pray you again, to accept my thanks for the trouble I have given you in this business. Enclosed are Seventy five dollars, which is the nearest my present means will enable me to approach $74 50/100 the cost of them. Your letter to Mrs Law shall be...
Gen Washington (this instant returning from a Committee & finding Mrs Powell’s Card) begs leave to present his respectful Compliments, and to inform her, that he will, if it is convenient & agreeable to her, have the honor to accompany her to Mr Bingham’s in the Afternoon of tomorrow. ViMtvL .
A Mail of last week brought me the honor of your favor, begun the 11th, and ended the 13th of this instant. Had it not been for one circumstance, which by the bye is a pretty material one—viz.—that I had no love letters to lose—the introductory without the explanatory part of your letter, would have caused a serious alarm; and might have tried how far my nerves were able to sustain the shock...
My Coach horses, having performed (faithfully & well) all the duties I have required of them, they are sent to you, agreeably to my promise; hoping they will be as serviceable to whomsoever they are committed, as they have been to me; and it is my wish that they may meet with a continuance of their former kind usage. As every moment of our time while we remain in this City, will be closely...
The enclosed thoughts are well conceived. The sentiments are just; and altho’ the envy expressed in some of them is to be regretted, yet it is hoped that Mira, at the age of four score, will stand as much in the way of Cloe as she does at present; and will appear the Same in the eyes of all who may then see her, as she did on her anniversary of fifty. AL , ViMtvL . The enclosed poem reads:...
General Washington presents his best wishes, and affectionate compliments to Mrs Powell. If Mrs Powell is not otherwise engaged, G.W. will have the pleasure of breakfasting with her tomorrow, at her usual hour, if named to him. AL , ViMtvL . See GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 17 Nov., n.2 .
Persuaded as Mrs Washington and myself are, that your own good sense will always dictate what under existing circumstances shall appear best, we have only to regret that in the present instance it will deprive us of the pleasure of your company to Virginia. We unite in every good wish for you & Mr Powell, and I have the honor to be with the most Affectionate regard, Your most obedt Servt ALS ,...
I pray you to accept my Compliments and thanks for having favored me with the perusal of the enclosed “Strictures &ca” — And an assurance that the sentiments and charges therein contained, have not given me a moments painful sensation. It is to be regretted, however, that the Author, if his object was to convey accurate information to the public mind had not devoted a little of the time and...
Receive, I pray you, my best thanks for the Prints you had the goodness to send me; and my acknowledgments of your kind, and obliging offer to chuse some thing handsome, with which to present Miss Custis. The difference between thirty & Sixty (or more) dollars, is not so much a matter of consideration, as the appropriate thing. I presume, she is provided with a Muff; of a tippet I am not so...
I feel much obliged by your kind & polite invitation to dine with you to day, but am under the necessity of denying myself that pleasure. I had, previously to the receipt of your Card, resolved not to dine out of my lodgings while business should detain me in the City: and, in consequence, had declined Invitations from Mr Liston, and the Chevr de Freire. But a more conclusive reason than this,...
Genl & Mrs Washington return Complimts to Mr & Mrs Powell, & beg leave to inform them, that they are engaged to Dine with Mr Jacob Morris on Saturday next —where, in conformity to custom, they will be obliged to drink Tea, and consequently must be deprived of the pleasure intended them by Mr & Mrs Powell. AL , ViMtvL . The cover of this letter is addressed to “Mr Powell.” The only year during...
The President and Mrs Washington present their complimts to Mr & Mrs Powell—and (agreeably to Mrs Powells request) have the honor to inform them that Mrs Washington is so much indisposed with a cold as to make her fear encreasing it by going to the Circus this afternoon. The President & rest of the family propose to be Spectators at the exhibition of Mr Rickets. AL , ViMtvL . GW’s Household...
Jefferson’s notes of Virginia I have the pleasure to send you. My sett of the Bee is entirely broken. Into whose hands all the vols. have fallen I know not. Among those remaining in my possession, I cannot find, by their indexes (which I have recurred to) “Doctr Franklins strictures on the abuse of the Press.” Hoping we shall have the pleasure of seeing you at dinner tomorrow (four o’clock) I...
I thank you for the information contained in your note of this date —although I am not, nor have not been, under any apprehension of the desolating Fever. I am to dine this day at Mr Willings, and if you are disengaged, will have the honor of drinking Tea with you in Third Street, afterwards. I am always Your Most Obedt Obliged and Affecte Servant ALS , ViMtvL . Letter not found. GW dined on...
My Friendship for you induces me to transmit a Pamphlet that is now in Circulation in this City, & probably, may not have come to your Hands. I believe it meets with universal Approbation from all the disinterested sensible & considerate, as it is replete with good Sense & the Arguments are generally conclusive. It is possible you may not have yet taken a decided Part, & indeed the Author...
I have taken the Liberty to send you a Pamphlet which is, at this Time, a Subject of much public Animadversion, and I have done it under the Impression that, from a Consciousness of the Rectitude of your own Conduct, you will read it without Emotion, and that you wish to collect the Sentiments of Mankind with Respect to our public Measures & public Men; and, further, as I have ever thought the...
Agreeable to my Promise I have the Pleasure to send you the Extract from the Annual Register for the Year 1788 for the Use of your Nephew. That every happy Consequence may attend the Use of the Koumiss, in his Instance, I most sincerely wish. Its Utility in many Cases, similar to his appears to be well authenticated; and tho it is reccommended as an almost universal Remedy, which I know you...
Your affectionate & friendly Attention to me, at this awfull Moment, filled my Heart with so much Sensibility as rendered me incapable of expressing my Feelings on the Subject of our Conversation, and when my amiable Friend, the President, renewed his Invitation to me to accompany you to Virginia, I could only say that I would let you know, this Evening, the Result of a Conference I meant to...
Feeling myself incapable of nourishing an implacable Rresentment; and in conformity with your better and dispassionate Judgment I have after maturely considering all that passed Yesterday, determined to dine with you Tomorrow, when I will endeavor to meet your Ideas with Fortitude. With Sentiments of Respect & Affection I am Sir Your sincere Friend DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Letter not found: from Elizabeth Willing Powel, 17 Nov. 1798. On 17 Nov. GW wrote Mrs. Powel : “I thank you for the information contained in your note of this date.”
After I had parted with you on Thursday, my Mind was thrown into a Train of Reflections in Consequence of the Sentiments that you had confided to me. For tho’ they were not new, yet I had flattered myself that a nearer View of the Consequences that would probably ensue upon your quitting a Trust, upon the proper Execution of which the Repose of Millions might be eventually depending, would...
The Speaker of the Senate of Pennsylvania will have the Honor to wait on the President of the United States and Mrs Washington on Thursday next. Mrs Powel has the Pleasure to present her respectfull Compliments to them and to express her Regrets that she cannot have the Honor of dining with them upon that Day. L , ViMtvL . Samuel Powel served as Speaker of the Pennsylvania senate from 1792...
Like a true Woman (as you will think) in the Moment of Exultation, and on the first Impulse (for you know we are never supposed to act Systematically or from attentive Consideration,[)] I take up my Pen to address you, as you have given me a complete Triumph on the Subject of all others on which you have I suppose thought me most deficient, and most opposite to yourself; and what is still more...
I have the Pleasure to send the Book of Prints that you were so obliging as to accept from your Friend. I have also taken the liberty to add a few that I admire on a presumption that the Mind capable of tracing with Pleasure the military Progress of the Hero whose Battles they delineate will also have the associate Taste and admire fine representations of the Work of God in the human Form. As...
The amount of the Articles purchased you will find to be Seventy Four dols. & a half. I must request the Favour of you to deliver the enclosed Letter to Mrs Law. My Heart is so sincerely afflicted and my Idea’s so confused that I can only express my predominant Wish—that God may take you into his holy keeping and preserve you safe both in Traveling and under all Circumstances, and that you may...
I now beg leave to inform you that I will give One Thousand Dollars for your Horses on the Delivery of them, provided I understood you clearly on Saturday Evening—that they are only Ten & Eleven Years old—that they are perfectly sound—well broke, and gentle—will drive with a Postillion or in Hand as may be most convenient; for tho they are not for my own Use, yet it is most probable that I...
With Pleasure should I accede to your Proposal respecting your Coach, was I to be the possessor of the Horses; but when I assure you that they are for my Nephew you will see the Necessity of the Union being dissolved between them and their espoused Coach. I have deferred answering you Sir until I had an Opportunity of sounding him on the Subject, without directly telling him it was for Sale;...