From Robert Gamble
Richmond [Va.] April 13. 1791
I cannot suppress the impulse I feel at this oportunity to acquaint you, that I have honored one of my Children (now Six years old) with the name of Washington. Notwithstanding so many distinguished Characters have done themselves & family that honor; I flatter myself none were influenced with more respect for your person & character.
Having intruded thus far, I trust the goodness of your heart will over-look any impropriety there may appear in the communication—You will ascribe it to the irresistible influence of affection, at this happy moment of seeing a person so beloved; and not to any improper motive Permit me to add my sincerest wishes for your happiness. And am With due respect Your mo. Obt and mo. Hum. Svt
LS, DLC:GW. GW mistakenly docketed this letter “Rich Gamble Esq.” The handwriting is clearly that of Robert Gamble, who wrote to GW on 3 Jan. 1796 (DLC:GW).
Robert Gamble (1754–1810) served as a first lieutenant of Virginia troops in the Continental army from 1776 until his promotion to captain in 1778. He was captured at Camden, S.C., in 1780 and retired from the army in January 1783.