From Ann McCrea
Philada June 4th 1792
In my Distresed Situation I Make Bold to Call on you for a Little Help, your Houner May Rest assur’d Nothing But want Induces me, the Reason of me Being in this town my Son Left me with an Intention of Coming here but was took Sick in Wilmington, me Hearing of his Sickness Came Imediately to See him a few Days after I Came there He to my Sorrow Died, Left me there friendless and Moneyless, I wish to go Home to Dumfrees, I hope your Hounerd wount think hard of me for Making So Bold, I am, with the greates Respect Your Very Humble Servt
Although it has not definitely been ascertained that GW gave money to McCrea to assist her in her journey back to Virginia, he did on this date give one dollar to “a poor woman with 6 children going from N. York to Balti[mor]e” (Decatur, Private Affairs of George Washington, description begins Stephen Decatur, Jr. Private Affairs of George Washington: From the Records and Accounts of Tobias Lear, Esquire, his Secretary. Boston, 1933. description ends 265).