George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Ralph Wormeley, Jr., 18 November 1799

To Ralph Wormeley, Jr.

Mount Vernon 18th Novr 1799

Dear Sir,

Your favour of the 3d Instant came duly to hand.1 Whence the Report of my visiting Norfolk could have arisen, I know not. From any intention of mine it did not, for nothing was ever more foreign from them. I have never been farther from home since I left the Chair of Government, than the Federal City except when I was called to Philadelphia by the Secretary of War—and that distance, I am persuaded will circumscribe my Walks; unless, which heaven avert! I should be obliged to resume a military career.

I am not less obliged to you, however, my good Sir, for your polite invitation to Rosegill; and if events (at present unforeseen) should ever call me into those parts, I certainly shall avail myself of it. Mrs Washington feels obliged by your kind remembrance of her; and unites with me in best respects to yourself & Lady. I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedient Hble Servant

Go: Washington

ALS (photocopy), DLC:GW; ALS (letterpress copy), ViMtvL. The ALS was advertised for sale by Joseph Rubinfine in his catalog no. 96, item 24.

1Letter not found.

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