George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Augustine Washington, 14 November 1796

Philadelphia 14th Novr 1796.

My dear Sir,

The letter which you put under cover to me, for Mr Philips of Andover, was forwarded, and with its enclosure safely received, as you will perceive by the Answers herewith sent.

Without any application, intimation, or the most remote thought or expectation of the kind, on my part; Sir Isaac Heard, Garter & principal King at Arms, wrote to me some years since enclosing our Armorial; and requesting a genealogical account of our progenitors since the first arrival of them in this country. I gave him the best information of which I was possessed; to wit—that John & Lawrence—two brothers—came over in, or about the year 1657. and traced our descent from John, who was the elder. He next wished to know the descendents of Lawrence from whom the Chotanck Washington’s have proceeded. I wrote (to the best of my recollection) to Lawrence Washington for an account of them, but have never received one, and of course could give none.

Lately, I have received another Letter from Sir Isaac Heard, of which the enclosed is a copy; and although I have not the least Solicitude to trace our Ancestry, yet as this Gentleman appears to interest himself in the research, common civility requires that he should obtain the aids he asks, if it is in our power to give it to him. Let me request of you, therefore, to give me what assistance you can to solve the queries propounded in his letter, if you have any old papers which have a tendency towards it: if not, or whether or not, by examining the Inscriptions on the Tombs at the Ancient Vault, & burying ground of our Ancestors, which is on your Estate at Bridge-Creek. And if you are able to do it, trace the descendents of Lawrence Washington, who came over with John, our Progenitor. With much truth, I am your sincere friend, and Affectionate Uncle

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