George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Griffith, 3 November 1788

From David Griffith

Fairfax Glebe [Va.] 3rd Novr 1788

Dear Sir,

Being much in want of Money to furnish my family with the necessary Winter clothing, my Son waits on you for your Pewrent (£5) which was due the 1st day of August last.1 With respectful compliments to Mrs Washington, I am, Dr Sir, Your most huble Servt

David Griffith


David Griffith (1742–1789) was rector of Christ Church, Alexandria, from 1780 until his death. After a brief medical career in his native New York, Griffith studied for the ministry and was ordained by the bishop of London in 1770. In 1785 he was appointed first Episcopal bishop of Virginia.

1Griffith had at least two sons, David Griffith, Jr., and Richard Griffith.

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