George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 27 August 1793

To Alexander Hamilton

Philada Augt 27th 1793.

⟨D⟩ear Sir,

You would oblige me by draughting an answer to the enclosed Address from Richmond (Virginia). If you can, conveniently do it, to go by the Post of tomorrow, it would be wished; if not, it will do very well against Friday’s Post.1

If you are not engaged & will take dinner with me to day I should be glad of your Company—Govr Blount & Genl Pickens will be here.2 Yours always & sincerely

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Hamilton Papers. GW wrote “(Private) Colo. Hamilton” on the cover sheet.

1The enclosed address was that of 17 Aug. from the Citizens of Richmond. Hamilton’s draft has not been found, but for the reply sent, see GW to the Citizens of Richmond, c.28 Aug. 1793.

2On the presence in Philadelphia of William Blount, governor of the Southwest Territory, and Andrew Pickens of South Carolina, see William Moultrie to GW, 11 July 1793, and note 1, and Knox to GW, 13 July 1793, n.2. Both men dined with GW on at least one other occasion, on 27 July, “in order to have an opportunity of conversing” upon a proposed expedition against hostile Indians in the South (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 208).

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