George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Gilpin, 15 September 1789

To George Gilpin

New York, September 15th 1789.

Dear Sir,

I am favored with the receipt of your letter of the 2nd instant, and thank you for the information, which you have been so good as to communicate.1

Every circumstance which serves to shew the utility, and which explains the progress of an undertaking so advantageous to the Community, as the navigation of the Potowmack, is at once grateful and interesting.

When your leisure allows an opportunity of making out the draft you mention, I shall be glad to receive it, together with such further observations as may consist with your convenience.2 I am Dear Sir, Your most obedient Servant

Go: Washington

LS, anonymous donor; copy, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW. The copies of this letter in DLC and DNA are dated 14 September.

1Gilpin’s letter of 2 Sept. gave GW a report of a survey of the Potomac River undertaken on behalf of the Potowmack Company.

2In his letter of 2 Sept. Gilpin promised GW a draft “with the Courses, distance and perpendicular fall of Potomack and of the Allegany mountain where Several of the great waters begin.”

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