From Robert Morris
Philadelphia January 1st 178
The Gentlemen who will have the honor to deliver you this Letter are from the West Indias they were Recommended to me by an old acquaintance and I find them very Genteel agreable Men. The Brilliancy of your Character attracts the attention of the World, they cannot pass to the Southward without gratifying their Wishes by an interview with the first Man of the Age and I am sure they will meet a kind reception.
May the present Year be as propitious to you as the last was, and may you long live to enjoy a succession of them is the sincere Wish of Dear Sir Your most obedient & very humble Servant
by Messrs Scott, Colby & Gilpin.1
LS, DLC:GW. The year is mistakenly given as 1784 in the dateline.
1. Scott and “Doctor” Gilpin, “two West India Gentlemen,” arrived for dinner at Mount Vernon on Tuesday, 25 Jan. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:80). Colby fell ill and remained behind in Baltimore (see GW to Morris, 1 Feb.).