To George Washington
New York Sepr. 4. 1796
I have received your two late letters,1 the last but one transmitting me a certain draft.2 It will be corrected & altered with attention to your suggestions3 & returned by Monday’s or Tuesday’s post. The idea of the university is one of those which I think will be most properly reserved for your speech at the opening of the session.4 A general suggestion respecting education will very fitly come into the address.
With respectful & Affect attach: I have the honor to remain Sir Yr. very obedt. Servt
ALS, MS Division, New York Public Library.
4. In his eighth annual message to Congress, December 7, 1796, Washington proposed the creation of a national university and a military academy (LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).