George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Morris, 6 November 1797

From Robert Morris

Hills near Philad[elphi]a Novr 6th 1797

Dear Sir

As I make a point to trouble you with as few introductions as possible, I will make no other appology for the present one. This letter will be delivered by Mr Danl Lister an English young Gentn r⟨ecommende⟩d to me by Mr Richd Penn, Mr James Marshall & others as worthy of Attention & Civilities. He is going to the Southward after having travelled through the Eastern & Middle States and has asked me for this introduction, saying that he could not return contentedly without seeing the Saviour of this Country.1 Thus you see that your well earned Fame subjects your time & attention to be taxed by Strangers. I pray that my respects may be presented to Mrs Washington & Miss Custis and that you will ever believe me to be with sincere attachment Dr Sir Your most Obedt Servt

Robt Morris

ALS, DLC:GW; retained copy, DLC: Robert Morris Papers.

1Daniel Lister had dinner at Mount Vernon on 21 Nov. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:270). Richard Penn (1735–1811) was the pre-Revolutionary War governor of Pennsylvania. He returned to England in 1775 and served several terms in the House of Commons. James Marshall was Morris’s son-in-law James Markham Marshall.

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