George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Tobias Lear, 12 April 1793

To Tobias Lear

Mount Vernon, April 12th. 1793.

Dear Sir,

I have received your letter of the 8th., but as I am on the eve of my return to Philadelphia, and have many letters to write, I shall do little more than acknowledge the receipt of it. The advices which I may receive by the Post to-night, will decide whether I shall proceed by the direct rout—or by the one I intended to have come.1

The enclosed from the Attorney General I return to him through your hands, that an account and Copy of it may be taken before you give it to him, wch. should be as soon as convenient.2

I always receive the information you convey, and your sentiments upon political or other subjects with pleasure—no apology therefore was necessary for these offered in your letter of the above date. I was sorry to learn by a letter from Mrs. Washingn. that little Lincoln has been unwell.3 I hope he is quite recovered. My best wishes attend him,—Mrs. Lear—& yourself and I am always—Your sincere friend & Affecte. Servant.

Printed copy, in Lear, Letters and Recollections, 65–66.

1GW departed Mount Vernon on 13 April and reached Philadelphia on 17 April (GW to James Keith, 13 April; JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 107). For GW’s proposed alternative route to Philadelphia, see GW to Lear, 8 April, and note 6.

2The enclosed letter to GW from Edmund Randolph, possibly concerning the propriety of Théophile Cazenove as a buyer for some of GW’s lands, has not been found (GW to Lear, 8 April, and note 2).

3Martha Washington’s letter to GW, in which she mentioned the illness of two-year-old Benjamin Lincoln Lear, has not been found.

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