To James Madison
Mount Vernon [March]1 22d 1789
My dear Sir,
Your favors of the 5th & 8th came duly to hand; the first from Baltimore, the latter from Philda. The design of this is merely to acknowledge the receipt of them, and to forward the enclosed; but I will add, as I have my pen in my hand, that Col. Bland, after having lain a weak with the Gent. at Gunston, after having been shipwrecked & land-wrecked, mired, fatigued with walking, &C. &C. arrived here on Saturday afternoon, and left us yesterday, probably to encounter new disasters in the Stage to Newyork.2 But as he is hastening to get there, he may arrive before this tale of his misfortunes, & will be able and willing to give them in detail himself. I am, &C.
Sparks transcript, MH; ALS, sold by Walter Benjamin, 1959.
1. In the transcript this letter was inadvertently dated May.
2. Theodorick Bland (1742–1790) of Prince George County, Va., served in the Continental Congress and in the Virginia legislature during the 1780s and opposed ratification of the Constitution in the Virginia convention of 1788. When he stopped with GW and with George Mason of Gunston Hall at this time he was on his way to New York to attend sessions of the First Congress, to which he had just been elected.