George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Myles Cooper, 15 December 1773

To Myles Cooper

Mount Vernon Decr 15th 1773.

Revd Sir,

The favourable account you was pleas’d to transmit me of Mr Custis’s conduct at College, gave me very great satisfaction;1 & I hoped to have felt an increase of it by his continuance at that place under a Gentleman so capable of instructing him in every branch of useful knowledge, as you are: but these hopes are at an end; & at length, I have yielded, contrary to my judgment, & much against my wishes, to his quitting College; in order that he may enter soon into a new scene of Life, which I think he would be much fitter for some years hence, than now; but having his own inclination—the desires of his mother—& the acquiescence of almost all his relatives, to encounter, I did not care, as he is the last of the family, to push my opposition too far; & therefore have submitted to a Kind of necessity.

Not knowing how his expences at College &c. may stand, I shall be much obliged to you for rendering me an account of them. You will please to charge liberally for your own particular attention to Mr Custis; & sufficiently reward the other Gentlemen who were engaged in the same good offices. If the money I left with you is insufficient to answer these purposes please to advise me thereof,2 & I will remit the deficiency. I am very sorry it was not in my power to see you, whilst you were in these parts. I thank you very sincerely, Sir, for your polite regard to Mr Custis, during his abode at College, & through you beg leave to offer my acknowledgments in like manner to the Professors &c., & with very great esteem & regard, am Revd Sir, Your mot Obt humble Servt

G: Washington

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