To Ferdinando Fairfax
Mount Vernon 4th July 1798
I have given the enclosed as attentive a reading as the time allowed, and the letters I had to write by the Mail of this day, would permit.
The observation appears to me to be well founded. But as I have formed no decisive opinion or determination with respect to my own S——s—As there are blanks to be filled in the Address—And as there is a Reference to a work I have either never seen, or if seen have forgotten; I would request, under these circumstances, that the Dedication of your Work to me, for which I feel sensible of the honor, may not be accompanied with the Words “by permission.”1 With very great esteem & regard I am Dear Sir Your Obedt Hble Servt
ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. The “enclosed” has not been identified; no publication by Fairfax at this time has been found. “My own S——s” may be a reference to GW’s slaves.