George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry, 23 April 1798

From Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry

April 23d 1798

Sir

It is with hesitating reluctance that I intrude on your leasure to beg you will peruse with indulgeance the small publication I have the honor to present you, your goodness will I hope excuse this liberty, and pardon my desire of proving to you (tho’ by a very imperfect production) that I partake the admiration which the Caracter of Genl Washington everywhere inspires, and the profo[u]nd contempt I have for his insignificant Enemies.1 I in treat you Sir to accept the assurance of all the sentiments of esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be your most obedient and very humble Servant

C. L. Pinckney Horry

ALS, DLC:GW.

Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry (1769–1830) of South Carolina, son of Daniel Horry, Jr. (d. 1785), and Harriott Pinckney Horry, was a favorite nephew of his uncle Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. He changed his name from Daniel Huger Horry to Charles Lucas Pinckney Horry, under which name he published in London in 1797 A Five Minutes Answer to Paine’s Letter to Genl Washington.

1GW wrote Horry from Mount Vernon on 6 May: “Sir, A Post or two ago favoured me with a note from you dated the 23d Ulto accompanying your answr to Paine’s letter, addressed to me.

“For the favourable sentiments you have been pleased to express for me in both, I feel grateful; and pray you to accept this acknowledgment of the sense I entertain of them.

“Until the Gazettes announced your arrival in Philadelphia I was unacquainted with your route from Baltimore. Should your return to Charleston be by land, I shall be happy in seeing you at this place—about nine miles from Alexandria & but little out of the Post Road. I am Sir Yr Obedt Servt Go: Washington” (letterpress copy, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW). See also GW to Thomas Pinckney, 6 May.

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