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Whilst all Denomination’s of People bless the happy occasion of your Excellency’s return to enjoy private and domestic felecity, Permit us Sir, (the Members of Lodge No. 39 lately establish’d in Alexandria) to assure Your Excellency that We as a Mystical Body rejoice in having a Brother so near us, Whose pre’eminent Benevolence has secured the Happiness of Millions, and that We shall esteem...
I am dericted by Sir Edwd Newenham and Coll Wm Persse to forwd you the two Inclosd letters, with a Box of plants; which I have given Capn Dwyer of the Sarah of this port, wh I hope may goe safe. If yr Excelency may have any Commds for this part of the Country; I shou’d feel my self highly Honour’d in Executeing them; or If yr Excellency wd wish to have any thing sent out I wd with pleasure...
I have the honor to enclose to Your Excellency the news papers of this day, published in the city of New York—and I am directed by the Members of Congress present to transmit them daily —with the greatest respect I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obedt & most Humble servt. Copy, DNA:PCC , item 49. Roger Alden (d. 1836) of Connecticut, major and aide-de-camp to Jedediah Huntington...
At a meeting of the Officers of the Continental line in October last to appoint officers of the State Society of Cincinnati; It was there resolv’d, that no officer not holding a Continental Commission should be entitled to become a member —As I saw it in a different light from the Gentlemen that compos’d that Body; I beg leave to lay before your Excellency the State & progress, of the Regiment...
Still flattering ourselves with an expectation that some encouragement would be given here to the Scheme for opening and extending the navigation of Potowmack River, we were induced to delay closing the Subscription to the latest day which the Act admitted of: It is matter of real regret to us that our endeavours have proved unsuccessful. My whole attention being necessarily engrossed by the...
The American Philosophical Society, which boasts the name of your Excellency in the list of their Members, are happy in this opportunity of presenting their Congratulations on the establishment of Peace. While they anticipate the influence of this event on the important object of their institution, they contemplate with pleasure, that the Arts and Sciences, those friends to learning and...
Letter not found: from Robert Anderson, 15 Oct. 1784. On 3 Nov. GW wrote to Anderson : “Your letter of the 15th of Octor is at hand.”
I take the liberty of applying to your Exelency on a Subject in which the merit and the Sentiments of the parti concerned will, I hope plead an appology for the trouble it may give you; and it is also the only one I can offer for the intrusion of this letter: Give me leave to lay it under your Exelency’s Eyes. Monsr contineau de Kerloquen, had, in the year 1779, the honour of being promoted to...
Fame has informed me that you are the friend of humanity—that your generous heart delights in doing good. I take the liberty to claim your protection for the Chevalier D’Anterroches my son, who is settled in Elizabeth Town, near New York. Altho’ I have no right to make a request of this nature, which is altogether an idea of my own; yet whoever dares to accuse me of imprudence, has never...
I am now to inform your Excellency that a Mr John Beale came to my house on the 3th Instant and deliver’d me a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, Hites & others, against the Executors & heirs, of Thos Lord Fairfax Decd, and that on Thursday the 10th the Commissioners With Colo. John Green & Mr Isaac Hite came to my house and Asked me What Improvements was on the Lands Suppos’d to be in...
Permit me to Address your Excellency for a place to live at during Mrs Ariss and my Own Life. I am under the Necessity of Giving Up the place I now live at at the End of this Year, and have not as yet provided my Self with a place, nor do I know of any to be had in these parts, my Infirm Crazy Indisposition puts it Out of my Power to go any Great distance[.] Your Excellency may possibly Assist...
When I went to princeton in order to pay my respects to your Excellency I requested your permission to place the legion in the line of penslvania—I was induced to take that step from the idea which many gentlemen in the assembly of that state, told me the assembly in General entertained respecting the legion & the advantage it would result to them from having that Corps into their at the same...
I take the liberty to inclose here a Copy of a petition of some of the officers of the army to Congress, & request the permission to make some remarks on the difference betwixt my proposal & their demand. they do not mention positively that any of them shall go & settle on the lands Granted by Congress, nor do they intimate that a body or several body of them wishes to go & settle in Company...
agreable to your Commands of the 3d present delivered to me the 8th of the same month, I prepared to disband the legion—Capt. le bert paymaster who, since he had the honor to see your Exellency at princeton, had been continually busy with the commissioners of accounts to settle & close the final accounts of the non commissioned officers and privates went off the 11th when those accounts were...
I had requested your Exellency to wrait to the ministre at war because I was assured it would be much favorable to me through the honor which a lettre from you would Confer on him—from my observations during my last journey to france, I am Certain it would have been the Case—but your Exellency knows best and whatsowever may be my interest, what general washington does, is in my eyes the best...
Although I intend to remains some months in america in order to obtain from Congress some advantage & justice for the officers of the legion in their final settlement of accounts, it is of the greatest importance to the succés of my future military life to receive at this time from your Exellency a recommendation to the Court of france for my services & conduct in America—from the letters I...
I have this morning presented a petition to the hble the Congress requesting them to grant to the legion lands on the Northwest side of ohio agreeable & in a proportion to what they have promissed to their army in général a Committee of three has been appointed on that affair but do cto r willamson who is one of them having told me that it could not be taken in to Consideration before some...
My last letter addressed to your Excellency at Mount Vernon, intimated some expectation as well as desire, of being in Philada about this time —being frequently urged by the Trustees of Dickinson College, to make a farther attempt to obtain benifactions in the City—together with this, the prospect of seeing you once more, had greatly induced me to go; but on the receit of several letters from...
As a Citizen of the united States, I always consider my Self your debtor, and the annual tribute of a Short letter, the smallest remittance we can well conceive. It is perhaps more than a year past since I took the liberty of telling you, that however attatched to retirement & rural life, you must suffer a little more interruption to domestick enjoyments & give some more attention to the...
My last to your Excellency was of the congratulatory Sort, written on the joyfull & acceptable subject of our Peace —and whatever time has elapsed since that period, you have had a Silent Share of the best wishes that either my leisure or reflexion, enabled me to bestow; and altho’ they are founded in publick considerations never to be forgotten, they have comparatively left the lofty Scenes...
Amongst many others, I consider myself your Excellencys debtor—and that the small Annuity of a letter is the least discharge I can offer. how this acknowledgment has been made in the two preceding years, memory is now too weak to inform me, and having enuff to do with the trivial Originals, I do not pretend to keep Coppys—but whether my last reached you or not, will be known by the liberty I...
Your very Obligeing letter of the 25th of April last came only to hand, and yeilded much Satisfaction to several Gentlemen of the Federal cast occasionally at this place, to find your decided opinion that Virginia would adopt the Constitution; and I cannot suppress my Obligation to acknowledge the receit of that letter, otherwise ’tis matter of doubt whether any part of your time ought to be...
Allow me the honor of recalling myself to your remembrance, and asking the news of you. Tho I have frequent opportunities by your Countrymen, who touch at this isle, (of which I am Governor) of learning this; yet I cannot resist the desire I have, of paying my respects to you, and solliciting a continuation of the kindnesses with which you loaded Coll Darrot while he had the honor of serving...
Give me leave to prensent you, with one of our Prayer Books, and another to your Lady. Please to accept the Sermons also to your candid perusal. Receive them as a small token of my great respect and veneration for your Person who am your most obedient friend & Servant ALS , PHi : Dreer Collection—American Clergy. An Address to the Annual Subscribers for the Support of Cokesbury-College, and to...
It is with sincere & very heartfelt Concern that I communicate to you an Event, which will excite the same sentiments of Sorrow in your Breasts; a long & uninterrupted Attachment to & Friendship with the Object of it, has convinced me that where he was barely known he was honoured; where he was well known he was valued & venerated; & where Friendship had knot the Tie he was unreservedly...
Permit me to congratulate you, upon the Independency of your Country, The Conspicuous part your Excellency has acted, upon the Great American Drama in bringing about this important Revolution, will ever endear you to your Country, & many Millions yet unborn, will rise up, and call you blessed. as the Father and protector of your Country, of the rights of Humanity. In Opposition to the...
Great illustrious, Sir! I have for these several Years set down to my desk to congratulate Your Excellency, upon your unparreled Successes in Arms. There is a Gentleman that lives in Northampton who studies under the great Doctor Stiles, President of Yale College, in the State of Connecticut; has a true Poetick Vain, superior to any Man, I am acquainted with, who would (if possible[)] do...
I take the liberty to submit to Your Excellency’s consideration & patronage, the inclosed Memorial. As I propose shortly (if permitted) to pay my personal respects to Your Excellency at Newyork, I have only to add, that I have the honor to be, with the greatest Defference & respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedt & very Humbe Servant The Petition of Richard Bache respectfully sheweth That in the...
Letter not found: from William Bailey, 19 November. On 22 Nov. GW wrote Bailey : “I have received your favor of the 19th.”
I flatter myself the period is not far distant when we shall see the new Government in motion, and your Excellency elected President of the United States by the unanimous Voice of their grateful Citizens. I entreat your forgiveness in thus early soliciting an appointment under the new Constitution. I have been urged to the measure by a sad reverse of Fortune, and emboldened by the Idea of your...
By this will Informe you of a Brother in Law of mine who has been bred a Military Enginere in the Tower of London and may Probably understand Something of inland navigation I am Desirous to Know from his Excey and the Directors Whether Such a person would meet with Encourgemt In the proposd Undertaking to render Potomac River navigable and Also what Incouragemet He might meet with from the...
Letter not found: from Henry Banks, 21 Oct. 1787. On 22 Nov. GW thanked Banks “For the letter you did me the favor to write to me on the 21st Ult.”
I beg leave to trouble your Excellency about the request of Msr de Corny a gentleman who in the character of a commissary general preceeded the French army in the year 1780. the ⟨5⟩th of June of the Same year congress resolved that a brevet commission of lieutenant of Cavalry be granted to Msr Louis Ethis de Corny. Msr de Corny has been Since employed in the service of both armies either here...
I have had So many proofs of your Excellency’s interest to my concerns that I hope you’ll learn with pleasure that the King has appointed me an Intendant for his Colony of hispaniola. This appointement is the more agreeable to me as the connection with america is not entirely broke of for me by my removal, & especially as I Shall have the pleasure to meet there the Count de la luzerne as the...
I have so many times experienced your Excellency’s Favour that I hope you’ll forgive me for an application which I could not refuse to a brave officer who at the same time is a friend of mine. you will see by a letter of Count de la Luzerne which accompagnies this that he takes a particular interest in knowing whether Mr de Saqui des Tourets can or not wear the insignia of the Cincinnati. I...
I have received the Treatise upon the growth & management of tobacco for which I wish your excellency will accept my thanks. I know that Book will be very acceptable to M. Malsherbes. I have had So many proofs of your & Mrs Washington Kindness to me sir, that I am persuaded you’ll take Some Share in the pleasure I feel in a connection intended with Miss Eliza moore the late Presidents...
Letter not found: from La Barbier de la Serre, 20 April. On 12 May GW wrote La Barbier de la Serre : “The letter which you did me the honor to write to me the 20th of last month.”
I never was more Embarrassed about the propriety of writing a letter than I am at this Moment and nothing but the information which I have received that some Applications will be made to you on the same subject by others, wou’d have induced me—at this time to take the liberty which I Now do—Fearing therefore that the omission of writing to you might operate against me at a future day, I am...
Letter not found: from Thomas Barclay, 9 Sept. 1788. On 18 Sept. GW wrote to Barclay : “Your favor of the 9th instant came duly to hand.”
Letter not found: from Joshua Barney, 6 Mar. 1784. On 24 Mar. GW wrote to Barney : “Your Letter of the 6th only came to hand the 22d.”
By the late Congress a Board of Commissioners was appointed to consist of one person from the Eastern another from the Middle and a third from the Southern States to settle their accounts between the States and the United States. Mr Baldwin from the South having been appointed a member of the General Government has vacated his seat at this Board. Should Your Excellency have no Person in view...
I receivd the Letter which you did me the honor to write me, as well as the institution of the Cincinnatus Society formd by the American Army, I am much flatterd to be comprisd in a military Society the members of which have with So much glory concurrd under the Orders of your Excellency to establish American Liberty, but it gives me great pain to See, that all the General Officers of the Sea,...
Your Excellency may probably recollect that I had the honor of waiting on You, at the Winter-quarters of the Army, early in the year 1779, with letters from Mr Laurens and the late Genl Reed. Altho’ barely known, however, to You, I take the liberty of inclosing, for your own perusal, a short treatise on a subject little understood, or attended to, in this Country—namely, Heraldry or Blazon....
I cannot forbear intruding upon your Excelly again, to return You my most sincere and thankful acknowledgments for the Candor and Politeness, with which You have been pleased to communicate to me Your sentiments on the subject of my Essay: And I should be wanting in that respect which is due to Your Character, as well as committing a Violation of my own feelings, were I now to publish it, had...
At a moment when the Arm of Tyranny is yielding up its fondest usurpations; we hope the Salutations of long suffering Exiles, but now happy freemen will not be deemed an unworthy tribute. In this place and at this moment of exultation and triumph, while the ensigns of slavery still linger in our sight, we look up to you our deliverer with unusual transports of Gratitude and Joy. Permit us to...
Your favour of the 23 of may is now before me I most sincearly return you my thanks for the offer you made Fanny[.] Majr Washington had my permisson to pay his addresses to Fanny & from my long acquantance with him I have no reason to alter the good opinion I ever entertain of him I think myself they had better put of there intended marriage till they return from the springs where I intend...
Letter not found: from Burwell Bassett, Jr., 24 April 1788. On 24 April GW recorded in his ledger "By the following Negroes & Stock purchased on my acct by Mr Burwell Bassett as per his Letter & memo. of this date" ( Ledger B General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. , 280 ).
Amidst the general joy that is diffused through the United states on your Excellency’s unanimous election as President General, permit me to present you my most sincere & respectful compliments of congratulation. At the same time, from my peculiar situation & by the advice of my friends both in Philada & New York I take the liberty to offer myself to your Excellency for your nomination to the...
I am just returned from Richmond, where by appointment, I was to have met Mr Dandridge and to have fixed upon some Mode of settling the Debt due from my Father’s Estate to Mr Custis’s, as his Death prevents that settlement and the only Administrator —as I am informed. I should now bee happy to have an interview with you, I should have waited upon you, but by your Advertisment, I find you are...
Votre magnaminité, votre désintéressement, vos Services inappreçiables pour les Etats Unis, vos talents civils, politiques et guerriers, ont accèvé le grand desire de la reconnoissance universelle de la Souveraineté de votre patrie. vous quitter le du commandement de l’armée, le gouvernail de létat en vous réduisant parfois au Seul titre de Citoyen, décoré de celui de Docteur en lois que...