George Washington Papers

To George Washington from J. Des Moulins, 6 January 1794

From J. Des Moulins

Philadelphia January 6th 1794

Most worthy Sir

I humbly presume to remind your Excellency, of, at present, a very unfortunate Man, who did himself the Honor of troubling You with a long Letter from Wilmington on the 1st of last Novr, taking the Liberty in it, of explaining the very unlucky Chances it has been my Lot to experience in my warm Endeavours to settle myself advantageously in your Country.1

The very material Concerns that must at present Engross your Excellencys Attention, leaves little Reason for an humble Individual like myself, to entertain my Surprise that my Letter may have been overlooked, notwithstanding I am so fully aware of your Excellency’s truly great and Philanthropick Mind.

I have been in this City, since the 8th Octr, but it has pleased the supreme Disposer of all Events, to continue upon me a very severe Cold I caught on Board, and to inflict me with a Deafness ever since I have been here, which has prevented my Exertions to establish myself in a Situation—The October Packet being still due, I have not received a Remitance I expected, and am in the greatest Distress. In the Course of the Spring my Circumstances and Health, will be, I trust in a very different State and if your Excellency’s generous Heart induces You to afford me some temporary Assistance, your Goodness will ever be acknowledged by me with the warmest Sense of Gratitude.

That I am no Impostor, I can refer your Excellency for Proof, to Genl Proctor, who I have had the Honor and Happiness of knowing since I have been here, and other respectable Persons, who are acquainted with the Truth of my unfortunate Situation.2 I am about to form a Connection with some Gentleman of the Law, from the very good Prospects I have of bringing over considerable Agency Business from Europe, and mean as soon as possible, to enroll myself a Citizen of your State.3 I have the Honor to be most faithfully, Sir, your very respectfull, most obedient, and very humble Servant

J: Des Moulins

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1The letter to GW of 1 Nov. 1793, probably from Wilmington, Del., has not been found.

2Thomas Proctor was currently a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania militia.

3There is no Moulins or Des Moulins listed in the Philadelphia directory for 1795 (Hogan, Philadelphia Directory (1795) description begins Edmund Hogan. Prospect of Philadelphia, and Check on the Next Directory . . . . Philadelphia, 1795. description ends ).

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