George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Gordon, 28 November 1785

From William Gordon

Jamaica Plain [Mass.] Nov 28. 1785

My dear Sir

My design of publishing is now in such forwardness, that I expect the proposals for the History of the American Revolution, will be circulated through the United States by the first week in January. I have given direction, that a few should be forwarded to your Excellency from New York as soon as printed. Shall think myself greatly honoured & served by your countenance.1 I have requested of my friend Mr Roberdeau to receive subscriptions for me at Alexandria, & promise myself from his former acts of kindness, that he will oblige me in it; through the advice of Col. Gibbs have made a like application to Col. Fitzgerald; Col. Gibbs has supported by a letter. Mrs Gordon unites in sincere regards to your Excellency, your Lady, & the rest of the family, the young gentleman especially, with my Dear Sir, Your sincere friend & very humble servant

William Gordon


1Gordon’s History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the United States was published in four volumes in 1788 in London. See Griffin, Boston Athenæum Collection, description begins Appleton P. C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends 510–11. See also GW to James Mercer, 20 Jan. 1786.

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