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From George Washington to William White, 1 January 1794

To William White

Phila. Jan. 1st 1794

Dr Sir,

I have been favoured with two notes from yo⟨u⟩ of this date—the last, in time to prevent the mistake which the first would have led me into.1

The mode which you have suggested for imparting the small pittance my resources will enable me to contribute towards the comfort of the needy in this City appears to be a very eligable one, and as you have been so obliging as to offer to place it in proper hands, for this purpose, I take the liberty of enclosing 250 dollars.2

I have no desire that my name should be mentioned; if so small a sum can effect any good purpose my object will be answered, and all my wishes respecting it gratified.

I offer you the compliments of the season⟨—the⟩ happy return of many of them—and the sincere respects & regard of Yr Affecte Hble Servt

Go: W——n

ADfS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. The text in angle brackets is from the letter-book copy.

1For the second letter of 1 January from White and the correction it contained, see n.1 of White’s first letter to GW of that date.

2GW’s donation of $250 was noted in his financial records for 28 Jan. 1794 (Household Accounts; see also Account Book, 2 Sept. 1793–4 April 1794, DLC:GW).

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