George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Zechariah Lewis, 30 August 1799

To Zechariah Lewis

Mount Vernon 30th Augt 1799.


Your favor of the 15th instant accompanying the Oration of the Honble Mr Daggett, and that delivered by yourself, have been duly received, and read with pleasure.1

For your polite attention in sending them to me, I pray you to accept the thanks of Revd Sir Your Most obedient Humble Servt

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ALS (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1Letter not found. David Daggett (1764–1851), a staunch Connecticut Federalist, delivered a Fourth of July oration in 1799 to the citizens of New Haven. He entitled it Sunbeams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious. On the same day, Zechariah Lewis, the former tutor of George Washington Parke Custis, gave to the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati at New Haven An Oration, on the Apparent, and the Real Political Situation of the United States. Both speeches were printed in New Haven in 1799.

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