George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander White, 18 January 1797

Washington 18th January 1797

Dear Sir

I was honored with your letter of 13th instant, and a copy of your letter of 26th Ulo in course of Post—I rather expected a Family residence would be required—I need not say, for indeed I scarcely know, what I wished on the occasion; but so far I had made up my mind that I would not remain in Office under circumstances which did not meet your candid approbation; this I conceive your letter fully expresses, and considering it as a renewed instance of your favourable sentiments, it is with me a prevailing motive to sacrifice much domestic happiness to the formation of a public Institution.

I have hitherto acted in perfect harmony with both my Colleagues, and expect I shall continue to do so; though their neglect in not acquainting me with what was doing or done at Annapolis and their sending for me before the time expired which they had themselves fixed for my return had made impressions not the most pleasing; in this temper of mine I first saw their letter to you mentioning my absence. I immediately wrote to you my letter of the 11th instant which evidenced a degree of displeasure; in that I was too hasty; for next morning I mentioned to them that I thought their letter carried with it an implication of neglect which I had not merited; they declared they had not the most distant thought of communicating such an Idea and offerd to write to you stating the circumstances as they really were—they sa[id] they thought I was to have returned the first of January, but in mentioning the circum stance which led to the appointment of the tenth they perfectly recollected it. I hope I sh[all not again trou]ble you on any subject concerning myself—I hope I shall fulfil your expectations [   ] attention to the duties of my office and beg you will believe me to be with sentiments of the highest respect, and sincere regard Dear Sir Your most Obt Serv[t]

Alexr White

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