George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 30 March 1795

To Thomas Jefferson

Philadelphia 30th Mar. 1795

Dear Sir,

A short time since I wrote to you, and hope the letter got safe to your hands.1 If this should reach them, it is intended to introduce Mr Strickland, of Yorkshire in England, to your civilities and attention—His merits, independent of the recommendation of Sir Jno. Sinclair,2 will entitle him to them.

From Monticello, Mr Strickland intends crossing the ridge for Winchester; and to return to this city either by Frederick town, or through the Valley. With great truth & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Affectionate

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers.

GW authored at least seven letters of introduction for William Strickland, and, probably on this date, he provided Strickland with a list of “Letters—in the order of delivy.” The letter to Jefferson was seventh on the list; the preceding six were:

“1st Govr Stone of Maryland at Annapolis

“2 Colo. Fitzgerald—or Mr Herbert Alexandria

“3 Mr Pearce—Manager at Mount Vernon

“4 William Fitzhugh Esqr. opposite to Fredericksburgh—on the North side Rappahannock River

“5 Governor Brooke—of Virginia at Richmond

“6 Genl Lee. either at Richmond, or at his father in laws Mr Carter at Shirley, 15 or 18 miles lower down James River; If he has not removed to his own seat at Stratford, on Potomk River” (AD, NHi: William Strickland Papers).

GW’s letter to Henry Lee of this date reads: “If this letter should be received by you, it will be from Mr Strickland, a gentleman of fortune from England who is desirous of seeing a little of Virginia (having already passed through the Eastern States) before he returns to his own country.

“As you are now returned, or returning to the pursuits of rural life Mr Strickland who is in that line himself can give you some useful information in the practice of husbandry, but not so much on that as on acct of his merits I beg leave to introduce him to your civilities” (ALS [photocopy], Paul C. Richards catalog no. 259, item 189).

The other letters have not been found.

1GW was referring to his letter to Jefferson of 15 March.

2For that recommendation, see John Sinclair to GW, 5 July 1794.

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