George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John O’Connor, 30 March 1788

To John O’Connor

Mount Vernon March 30 1788


I was favored with your polite letter, and ticket of admittence to Mr OConners lecture on Elequence, at a time yesterday when it was not in my power to give it an acknowledgment.1

Business (and indeed disinclination to leave my own bed when I am within a few miles of it) would not permit my attendence at the lecture last evening for the invitation to which you will please to accept the thanks of Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Sert

Go. Washington


John O’Connor, an Irishman who advertised himself as a barrister-at-law, dined at Mount Vernon on 3 Feb. 1788. For his attempt to promote his history of the Americas, which, if written, was never published. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:272–73. GW had further dealings with Eliza Harriot O’Connor as the headmistress of the academy for young ladies in Alexandria (see Eliza Harriot O’Connor to GW, 17 June).

1O’Connor’s letter has not been found.

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