George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Edmund Randolph, 26 August 1790

To Edmund Randolph

New York Augt 26th 1790


I am exceedingly sorry for the cause of your detention in Philadelphia, of which your letter of the 24 inst.1 informed me. But as I expect to leave this place on monday next for Virginia, it would not be in your power to arrive here, by that time, after the rect of this. There will therefore be no necessity for your leaving Mrs Randolph in her present situation2 to meet me in New York. I am Sir Yr most Obedt Servt.

Df, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

For Randolph’s original request to leave New York as Congress adjourned in order to help settle his family in Philadelphia, see GW to Randolph, 12 Aug. 1790.

1This letter has not been found.

2Elizabeth Nicholas (1753–1810), youngest daughter of Robert Carter Nicholas (1728–1780), treasurer of Virginia from 1766 to 1779, married Edmund Randolph in August 1775. “Her present situation” probably referred to a “disorder” she contracted while staying at Elizabeth Trist’s boardinghouse on Mulberry Court in Philadelphia. In a letter delivered to her brother by Thomas Jefferson as he returned home to Monticello, the attorney general mentioned that his wife also fell down some stairs and sprained her ankle before fully recovering from her illness (Randolph to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 7 Sept. 1790, ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers).

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