George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elizabeth Powel, 6 June 1787

To Elizabeth Powel

Wednesday June 6 [1787]

Gen. Washington presents respectful compliments to Mrs Powell, & prays her acceptance of the Vision of Columbus which he promised some days ago, the Copies thereof, for which he subscribed some years since, having just come to hand.1

AL, ViMtvL.

1GW had subscribed to twenty copies of Joel Barlow’s The Vision of Columbus, several of which he gave away in Philadelphia. See the entry for 18 May in Philadelphia Cash Accounts, 9 May–22 Sept. 1787. During his stay in Philadelphia, GW was frequently in the company of Elizabeth Willing Powel as well as of her husband, Samuel Powel.

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