George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charles Vancouver, 30 June 1785

To Charles Vancouver

Mt Vernon 30th June 1785.


Your favor of the 10th of last month came safely to hand.1

You do me much honor by proposing to inscribe a work (of which you sent me a specimen) to my special patronage & protection: but tho’ willing to give every support to the encouragment of literature & useful knowledge, which may be within my sphere of action; yet, on the present occasion I must beg leave to decline the honor of having your labors dedicated to me.2 With chearfulness I will follow the subscriptions (wch I presume must ’ere this, be pretty well advanced) of Gentn of my acquaintance; & with a proper sense of the distinction meant for me—I am &:

G: Washington


1Letter not found.

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