To Edward Carrington
Mount Vernon 28⟨th⟩ May 1798
The present dangerous crisis of public affairs, makes one anxious to know the Sentiments of our citizens in different parts of this Commonwealth; and no one ha[vin]g better opportunities to form an opinion of the central part thereof, than yourself—this will be my apology for giving you the trouble of a letter at this time.
Several Counties above the Blue ridge have come forward with warm addresses, & strong professions of support. From Norfolk two meetings, one good the other bad, have their proceedings detailed in the Gazettes. Meetings have taken place in a few of the middle Counties, with unpromising results; and an invitation was given for one, in Davis’s Paper of the ⟨15⟩th to be held in Richmond, but I have heard nothing more concerning it.1 Let not any enquiries or gratifications of mine, interfere with your more important concerns; the devotion of a moment or two, of leisure, will suffice for, Dear Sir Yr Affecte & Obedt Servt
ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
Edward Carrington (1749–1810), an old friend of GW’s, was at this time serving as supervisor of revenue in the Virginia district.