From William Bingham
Philadelphia March 25th 1797
Amongst the Number that experience the Hospitalities of Mount Vernon, there are none whose personal Merit (independent of their Education, their Rank & Pretensions) more deservedly entitle them to this attention, than my Friends Mons’ d’Orleans, Mons’ de Montpensier & Mons’ de Beaujolois.1
Your previous Acquaintance with these Gentlemen, renders it unnecessary to recommend them more pointedly to your Notice & Civilities.
They intend, after paying their Respects to you & Mrs Washington, to make a Short Excursion to the Westward. I have the Honor to be with Respect Sir Your obed. hble servt
William Bingham (1752–1804) and his wife Anne Willing Bingham (1764–1801) were leaders of Philadelphia society in the years of GW’s presidency.
1. The three French princes in exile, Louis-Philippe, duc d’Orléans (1773–1850) and later king of France, Antoine-Philippe d’Orléans, duc de Montpensier (1775–1807), and Louis-Charles d’Orléans, comte de Beaujolais (1779–1808), visited Mount Vernon in April.