From George Washington
Philada. Augt. 27th. 1793.
You would oblige me by draughting an answer to the enclosed Address from Richmond (Virginia).1 If you can conveniently do it, to go by the Post of tomorrow, it would be wished; if not, it will do very well against Friday’s Post.
If you are not engaged & will take dinner with me today I should be glad of your Company. Govr. Blount & Genl Pickens2 will be here.
Yours always & sincerely
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
Although H’s draft of an answer has not been found, on August 28, 1793, Washington wrote to “the Inhabitants of Richmond and its Vicinity”: “Among the numerous expressions of the public sense in favor of the measures which have been adopted for the observance of neutrality in the present war of Europe, none is more grateful to me, than that of the Inhabitants of Richmond & its vicinity. The manner in which it is conveyed, lays claim to my affectionate acknowledgements …” (LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).
2. William Blount, governor of the Southwest Territory, and Andrew Pickens, Revolutionary War hero and member of Congress from South Carolina, were both in Philadelphia at this time to discuss the Indian situation on the southern frontier.