From Robert Morris
Philad[elphi]a April 10th 1797
I forwarded by Post the letter mentiond in the annexed from Mr Parish, under a Blank Cover to your address (being then hurried). You will judge wether the Contents of the annexed will be any gratification to Mr La Fayette to whom I pray my Compts.1 Mrs Morris & Maria desire their best & affectionate regards to Mrs Washington & Miss Custis. We were happy in the Company of Master Custis yesterday He is astonishingly improved and is a manly fine Fellow. I pray to be also presented to Mrs Washington & Miss Custis and that you will ever consider me as most sincerely attached to you & yours
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC: Robert Morris Papers.
1. John Parish on 2 Dec. 1796 wrote to Morris from Hamburg, where he was vice-consul: “I enclose you a letter for young La Fayette which was sent to my care by his aunt Madame de Tassé and who is very anxious that it should come to hand; We suppose he is with you as it seems the President has called him near him. The fate of his unhappy Parents has not yet changed for the better; they are still encarcerated at Olmülz—I had a letter from Madame La Fayette some weeks ago—She had received regularly the money I sent them, and still continue to send from time to time . . .” (DLC:GW). George Washington Lafayette, who had accompanied GW from Philadelphia, at this time was at Mount Vernon and remained there until October when he sailed for France. See George Washington Motier Lafayette to GW, 23 Sept. 1797.