George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 10 September 1787

To Clement Biddle

[Philadelphia] Monday 10th Septr 1787.

Dear Sir,

I have received both your Notes of this Morning, and thank you for Notice of the Vessels sailing. The Books, I perceive, are only small treatises upon education, referred to by Doctr Rush, which I can get, & carry in my Trunk.1 remember the clothes baskets. I send a small box containing a Lamp—it is a present, but could not have cost 20/.2 If the hounds presented to me by Captn Morris are not provided for, will it not be necessary to lay something in for them?3 I think of nothing else at this time; therefore, if you will let me know how the acct stands between us I would wish to square it.

AL, PHi: Washington-Biddle Correspondence.

1Biddle’s notes have not been found. The “small treatises” may have been two pamphlets written by Benjamin Rush himself. In 1786 he had published in Philadelphia A Plan for the Establishment of Public Schools and the Diffusion of Knowledge in Pennsylvania, and on 28 July 1787 he addressed to the Female Academy in Philadelphia his Thoughts upon Female Education, Accommodated to the Present State of Society, Manners, and Government of the United States of America, which was then published during the same year. The latter is known to have been in GW’s library at the time of his death.

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