To William Gordon
Philadelphia July 19th 1791
As it has ever been a rule with me to make my private concerns give way to my public duties, when both cannot be accomplished, I now find myself under the necessity, from the weight of public business, which is at this time much encreased by an absence of more than three months, [(]on a tour thro’ the southern States) of refraining to enter so fully into my private correspondencies as my inclination would lead me to do.
I am therefore only able to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 31. of January—and refer you to a letter which I wrote on the 9 of March on the subject of the subscriptions to your history, and which contained the accounts of the subscription and a bill of exchange of £29. 15/3. Sterling for the ballance of that account.1
I now enclose the 3 bill of the set which accompanied your account, and shall only add my thanks for the prayers and good wishes which you offer for my happiness, and assure you that I reciprocate them with very great sincerity. I am dear Sir, with much esteem, Your most obedient Servant
For the background to GW’s involvement with William Gordon’s History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America, see Gordon to GW, 8 Mar. 1784, source note, 24 Sept. 1788, source note and note 5, 28 Oct.–1 Nov. 1788, 16 Feb. 1789, and 20 Feb. 1790, GW to Gordon, 20 April 1786, and 25 Feb. 1791 and note 1, and GW to James Mercer, 20 Jan. 1786, n.3.