George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Muir, 24 February 1794

To James Muir

Philadelphia 24th Feby 1794


I have received your letter of the 12th instant, and will direct my Manager Mr Pearce to pay my annual donation for the education of orphan children, or the children of indigent parents who are unable to be at the expence themselves.1

I had pleasure in appropriating this money to such uses—as I always shall in that of paying it. I confess, however, I should derive satisfaction from knowing what children have, heretofore, received the benefit of it; and who now are in the enjoyment thereof.

Never, since the commencement of this institution, have I ever received the least information (except in a single instance) on this head, although application for it to individuals has been frequently made.2

As you Sir, appear to be in the exercise of this trust—let me pray you to have the goodness to gratify this wish of mine.3 with respect I am Reverend Sir Your most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington


1GW wrote William Pearce on this date to arrange the payment of £50 Virginia currency to the Alexandria Academy.

2For GW’s previous receipt of a list of the charity scholars, see Muir and Samuel Hanson (of Samuel) to GW, 11 March 1791, and n.3 to that document.

3Muir’s reply of 3 March contained the desired information.

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