George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Tobias Lear, 22 December 1794

To Tobias Lear

Philadelphia Decr 22d 1794

My dear Sir,

Looking into an old Portfolio, which I had not seen this many a day, I found the papers which accompany this note, relative to the River Potomac. I do not know that any of them will be useful to you; but as well for the purpose of keeping them together as to afford you an opportunity of deciding for yourself, they are now forwarded to you.1

I also send you the sketch which has been presented to me by Mr Claiborn, of the new method of lowering & raising boats, without locks.2 It will give you a better idea than my description which in the letter of yesterday, was capable of doing; & for that reason it is forwarded. I am Your affecte Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW. The letter-book copy is dated 21 December.

1The enclosed papers have not been identified.

2For the sketch, now at ViMtvL, see figure 1.

Fig. 1. Sketch of a proposed method of raising and lowering boats, without locks. (Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association)

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