George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Humphreys, 25 April 1787

From David Humphreys

Hartford [Conn.] April 25th 1787

My dear General

Mr Rogers, who will have the honor of delivering this letter, is an American Gentleman with whom I became acquainted in London. Being of Massachusetts he was introduced to me by Mr Adams, and appeared to be upon terms of intimacy with that Minister. Afterwards I had the pleasure of being a fellow Passenger from Europe with Mr & Mrs Rogers: & considered myself under many obligations for their courtesy & politeness in alleviating the tediousness of confinement at Sea.

Mr Rogers proposes, in passing thro’ Virginia, to wait upon your Excellency at Mount Vernon. In that case, I beg leave to commend him to your attention and hospitality.1 My best & most affectionate regards attend the whole family. I hope to be with them in all the month of May—in the mean time. I have the honor to be Your sincere friend & Hble Servant

D. Humphreys

ALS, owned (1971) by Mr. John Rogers, New Canaan, Connecticut.

1Daniel Denison Rogers (1751–1825) of Exeter, N. H., became a successful Boston merchant. In 1781 he married Abigail Bromfield (d. 1791), the daughter of another Boston merchant, and in 1782 took his wife abroad for her health. After they returned from England to Boston in 1787, Rogers’s business affairs often led him south to Virginia and the Carolinas.

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