George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Mason Locke Weems, 3 July 1799

To Mason Locke Weems

Mount Vernon, July 3, 1799

Reverend Sir,

For your kind compliment—“The Immortal Mentor,” I beg you to accept my best thanks. I have perused it with singular satisfaction; and I hesitate not to say that it is, in my opinion at least, an invaluable compilation. I cannot but hope that a book whose contents do such credit to its title, will meet with a very generous patronage.

Should the Patronage equal my wishes, you will have no reason to regret that you ever printed the Immortal Mentor.1 With respect I am Reverend Sir Your most Obedient Humble Servant

George Washington

Magazine of American History (1880), 5:102.

1Parson Weems’s The Immortal Mentor: or, Man’s Unerring Guide to a Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy Life . . . was first printed in Philadelphia in 1796.

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