George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Craik, 4 August 1788

To James Craik

Mount Vernon August 4th 1788

Dear Sir,

With this letter you will receive the Horse I promised you; And which I now beg your acceptance of. He is not in such good order as I could wish, but as good as my means would place him.

I also send you Thirty pounds Cash for one years allowance for the Schooling of your Son G.W. I wish it was in my power to send the like sum for the other year, which is now about, or near due; and that could discharge your account for attendance and ministrens to the Sick of my family—but it really is not; for with much truth I can say, I never felt the want of money so sensibly since I was a boy of 15 years old as I have done for the last 12 Months and probably shall do for 12 Months more to come.1 Sincerely and affectly I am Yrs &c.

Go. Washington


1GW entered in his diary on 31 Aug. 1785: “This day I told Doctr. Craik that I would contribute One hundred Dollars pr. Ann., as long as it was necessary, towards the Education of His Son Geo. Washington either in this Country or in Scotland” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:188). After completing his education, GW’s old friend’s son George Washington Craik (1774–1808) practiced law in Alexandria briefly before becoming GW’s private secretary in 1796.

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