From George Washington
Philadelphia 22d. Jan. 1793
Nothing occurs to me as necessary to be added to the enclosed project.
If the Subscription is not confined to the members of the Philosophical Society, I would readily add my mite to the means for encouraging Mr. Michaud’s undertaking—and do authorize you to place me among, and upon a footing with the respectable sums which may be Subscribed. I am always Yours.
RC (DLC); addressed: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. 1793. Dft (DLC: Washington Papers); contains minor variations in phraseology; docketed by Washington. FC (Lb in DLC: Washington Papers); wording follows Dft. Recorded in SJPL under 23 Jan. 1793. Enclosure: American Philosopical Society’s Subscription Agreement for André Michaux’s Proposed Western Expedition, [ca. 22 Jan. 1793].
Washington evidently forgot that he had been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society in 1780 (Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, Washington, D.C., 1931–44, 39 vols. description ends , xviii, 11–12).