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From George Washington to Tobias Lear, 18 March 1799

To Tobias Lear

Mount Vernon March 18th 1799

Dear Sir,

I recollect no business of sufficient importance to require your return hither, sooner than Doctr Thornton conceives will allow him sufficent time to effect your cure. Were the case however otherwise, far would it be from me, to request this return before so desirable an object is accomplished. I do not therefore wish you to hurry it, on account of my business.1

Charles takes a horse up for Washington, which I pray may be sent to Mr Laws—or wherever he is.2

Mrs Washington and myself are, as you left us; & join in best wishes for Doctr Thornton’s success in your case. With very great esteem, & compliments to enquiring friends, I am Your Affectionate

Go: Washington

ALS, CSmH. The letter was sent “By Charles.”

2The newly wedded couple, Lawrence and Eleanor Custis Lewis, visited her sisters in the Federal City from 5 to 23 Mar.; her brother George Washington Parke Custis seems to have either accompanied them or joined them there (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:337, 339).

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