George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James McHenry, 4 April 1790

From James McHenry

Baltimore [Md.] 4 April 1790.


About two years ago Mr Copeley an English manufacturer did himself the honor to pay his respects to you at Mount Vernon: Being about to return to his own country he wishes to renew his homage and respects, and has intreated me to recal him to your remembrance by another introduction.1

I pray you to excuse this liberty, and am with the greatest and most sincere respect Sir your most devoted and humble servant

James McHenry


1Burrow Copley of Leeds, England, was among the first manufacturers to introduce water-powered scribbling and stubbing machinery to the Yorkshire woolen industry. He was the focus of popular discontent with laborsaving machinery in the mid–1780s and may have visited the United States to explore the possibility of establishing woolen manufacturing in this country. He visited GW at Mount Vernon on 19 Jan. 1788 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:266).

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