George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Edmund Randolph, 10 February 1792

Tobias Lear to Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia, february 10th 1792.

Dear Sir,

The President directs me to offer you his sincere condolence for the loss of your sister—to which permit me, my dear sir to add mine.1

The President thinks it would be best for you to take an opportunity of conversing with Mr Ellicot respecting Mr Carroll’s house, before you send him your opinion on the subject, as he wishes every information to be had that can be obtained respecting it.

The President observes that it will be inconvenient for him to receive your opinion on Mr Dumas’s case on Monday or today.2 With great respect & esteem I am Dear Sir Your most Obedt St

Tobias Lear.

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

For the background to this letter, see Pierre L’Enfant to GW, 21 Nov. 1791, editorial note, and Tobias Lear to Edmund Randolph, 31 Jan. 1792.

1Randolph’s deceased sister was Ariana Randolph Wormeley (1750–1792), wife of James Wormeley, a Virginia Loyalist. Having married in Scotland about 1780, the couple escorted the body of her father, John Randolph, to Virginia in 1784 and settled at The Rocks in Frederick County, Virginia. Wormeley returned to England in 1794, leaving Edmund Randolph to care for his three Wormeley nieces: Jane, Ariana, and Susan.

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