George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Muir, 12 February 1794

From James Muir

Alexandria [Va.] 12th February 1794


I am directed by the Trustees of the Alexandria academy to write you with respect to the donation which you give yearly for the education of a certain number of poor Children in this place.1

The Trustees have supplied the School where these Children are taught with Teachers during last year. We have been unfortunate. The sickness of one Teacher, Ill behaviour of another, and peculiar situation of a Third, have necessitated us to change the Teacher oftener than has been for the benifit of the School. At present however we are happy in a Teacher who gives Satisfaction.

The number you design for education has not during the year, nor is it now complete. The deficiency is not more than Two or Three. None have been refused admission who appeared to the Trustees objects of this Charity.

It is the duty of the Trustees, to settle about this Time with the Teacher, or Teachers for their labours during the Past year. Your donation will enable us to do so which you will be pleased to order when and in what manner you shall think best. It would be a convenience to the Teacher were the donation given quarterly. Upon this point the Trustees wish to know your inclination.2

The Academy is not in so flourishing a state as we could wish, owing to various causes. these the Trustees are labouring to remove. a little time will discover how far their labours are successful. with great respect your H. Sert

James Muir

ALS, DLC:GW. The postal stamp reads “ALEX. Feb. 13.”

1On GW’s pledge in 1785 to give an annual payment of £50 Virginia currency to this school, see GW to Trustees of the Alexandria Academy, 17 Dec. 1785, and Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:251.

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