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Letter not found: to Cyrus Griffin, 13 Feb. 1790. In his letter to GW of 16 Mar. 1790 Griffin mentions GW’s letter of “February the 13th.” See also GW to U.S. Senate, 9 Feb. 1790 (second letter), n.3 .
I think it expedient to acknowledge the receipt of your two Notes, dated the 10th of July & the 14th of Augst, for the purpose of assuring you that there was certainly nothing improper in the tenor of them. But it will be an instance of Justice to inform you, at the same time, that, without considering myself at liberty to give either encouragement or discouragement to the wishes of Gentlemen...
I am sorry, that without being accused, you should think it necessary to go into a lengthy justification of your conduct & principles. What the entire design of your letter of the 23d Ulto may be, I am at a loss to conceive; and pressed as I have been, and still am, on all sides, in the discharge of my public functions, I have no leizure to enquire. If the object of it (among other things) is...