George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charles Lewis, 14 August 1755

To Charles Lewis

[Mount Vernon, 14 August 1755]

To Charles Lewis Esqr.Caroline Cty
Dear Sir

I return most you my unfeigned thanks for your hearty demonstrations expressions of Friendship, in & kind congratulation’s on my safe return, and I wish, my dear Charles, it was more in my power than it is to answer the favourable opinion my Friends have conceiv’d of my military abilitys. Let them not be deceiv’d, I am unequal to the Task, and do assure you that it requires more experience than I am master of to conduct an affair of the importance that this is now arisen to.

If I do go it is committed to me, I shoud think myself happy in havg you of our party, if you have reconcild it perfectly to yourself and Family, otherwise I think you woud be blameable to involve them in so much uneasiness as your absence will necessaryly give;1 I have wrote fully to your Brothr W[arne]r to whom I must refer you for further particular’s[.] I am Dr Charles Yr most Obt & most Affecte

G. W——n

LB (original), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

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