George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Blackburn, 26 September 1793

From Thomas Blackburn

Rippon Lodge1 [Va.] Sepr 26th 1793.

Dear Sir

I take the Liberty of inclosing for your Perusal, some Extracts from a Letter I have just received from a Gentleman of Barbados; the Purport of which appears to me to be interesting to the United States of America: and as it may possibly not yet have come to your Knowledge, I think it my Duty to forward to You the Intelligence without Delay; submitting it entirely to your better Judgment, whether it deserves your Attention. The Writer of the Letter, is a Gentleman in the medical Line, with whom I had the Pleasure of making an Acquaintance, when in Barbados the last Winter, and his Veracity I think may be certainly depended on.

I hope by the Return of my Messenger to hear that you & your Lady are in good Health—Mrs Blackburn joins me in most respectfull Compliments to both.2 I am, with the most perfect Esteem, Yr obedt humble Servt

T. Blackburn

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1Rippon Lodge was the name of Blackburn’s house and estate in Prince William County, at what is now Woodbridge, Virginia.

2Christian Scott Blackburn (1744/45–1815) was Blackburn’s wife.

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