George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charles MacIver, 7 June 1786

To Charles MacIver

M[oun]t Vernon 7th June 1786


I received your letter of the 5th inst. together with the MSS. & other papers sent with it, which I have returned.

It gives me pleasure to see any attempts made towards improving literature & science, more especially when they tend to the immediate & particular advantage of this Country, & I should always wish to encourage & promote them: but I cannot with propriety enter into your plan, & offer you the encouragement you desire, as I am not so well acquainted with your character & abilities as many Gentlemen in Alexandria undoubtedly are, who will have an opportunity of attending your lectures, which I shall not; & are capable of giving your plan every encouragement which it deserves. I am Sir &c.

G: Washington

P.S. As the patterns & drawings may be useful to you on some other occasion, I return them.


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