George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 10 March 1789

From George Clinton

New York 10th March 1789

Mutilated⟩ more than probable that, when the Result of the late Election for President of the United States shall be disclosed, your Excellency’s Presence will be required in this City—Under this Impression permit me Sir to sollicit the Honor of your Company at my House until suitable Accomodations can be provided for you—Should Mrs Washington accompany you, it will give additional Pleasure to my Familly.

I shall be greatly gratified by being apprized seasonably of your Excellency’s Approach to this City that I may be prepared to receive you in a manner which will accord as well with the high Respect due to you as the personal Attachment & Esteem I have for you.1

With most respectful Compliments to Mrs Washington in which Mrs Clinton joins me, I have the Honor to be Dear Sir your most Obedient Servant

Geo: Clinton


George Clinton (1739–1812) had been governor of New York since 1777. Clinton was now an antifederalist, but he and his wife, Cornelia Tappen Clinton, had established a warm social relationship with the Washington family during the Revolution. After the war GW carried on a friendly correspondence with Clinton, and the governor often sent plants to Mount Vernon. The two families remained friendly after the Washingtons moved to New York.

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