George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 26 August 1792

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia August 26. 1792.

Dear Sir

Mr Bordley, who wrote the inclosed pamphlet, thought it too unimportant to present it to you with form. He therefore requested me, if an opportunity offered, to send it to Mount Vernon.1

Since I had the honor of writing to you last, nothing has occurred, worthy of a special mention.2 The arrivals from Europe have brought nothing; and no incidents in the political line attract any notice, except those, which relate to the supposed temper of Virginia, & the measures, projected at the next session. Of these you must have heard; and therefore I omit them.3

The mail, which was due yesterday, has not yet arrived. (12 o’-clock)

Mr Fraunces informs me, that every thing is well; and indeed I should judge it to be the case from appearances.4 I am dear sir with affte attachment yr obliged hbl. serv.

Edm: Randolph


1Randolph enclosed a copy of John Beale Bordley’s Sketches on Rotation of Crops, published in Philadelphia in 1792. GW subsequently also acquired the enlarged version of this pamphlet that was printed in Philadelphia in 1797 (see GW to Randolph, 3 Sept. 1792, and Griffin, Boston Athenæum Washington Collection, description begins Appleton P. C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends 27–28).

2Randolph apparently is referring to his letter to GW of 13 Aug., which has not been found (see GW to Randolph, 26 Aug. 1792).

3For the matters discussed in the fall session of the Virginia legislature, see Randolph to GW, 10 Sept. 1792.

4Samuel Fraunces was GW’s household steward at Philadelphia.

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