George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Bowman, 5 April 1791

From John Bowman

Peachtree, S.C., 5 April 1791. Invites GW to accept the accommodations of his house near the Charleston road fourteen miles from Georgetown, S.C., where he “will do my self the honour of meeting your Excellency.”1


John Bowman (1746–1807), a native of Scotland, settled in Georgia in 1769. He had moved to St. James Santee Parish in South Carolina by the mid–1780s, where he married Sabina Lynch, daughter of Thomas Lynch. Bowman between 1788 and 1799 served in both houses of the South Carolina general assembly and represented his parish in the 1788 convention that ratified the federal Constitution, which he opposed, and in the state constitutional convention of 1790.

1Bowman wrote to GW on 16 April that indisposition would prevent him from meeting GW at Georgetown: “I apprehend my Indispositon to be the Measles—But as your Excellency & the Gentlemen attending you have probably had that disorder, I hope my illness, which is not severe, will be no impediment to your coming here” (DLC:GW).

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