George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Amelia Leigh Lloyd, 2 October 1782

Verplanks point 2d Octor 1782


The card I have the honor to enclose you will I trust, give you a satisfactory account of the Letters I forwarded to New York. I shall be happy if the packet which I now send to Mr Lloyd, is productive of others from your friends in England.

If these conjectures should correspond with my wishes, I shall felicitate myself on the auspicious begining of my Agency; & shall hope from that cause (I have no other to rest it upon) that I may be honored with a continuance of your correspondence.

As I do not pretend to more disinterestedness than others, your Admirers, I shall frankly declare to you, that this was a contemplated pleasure, when I proffered my Services to you. No good proof, you will say, of generous or ingenuous mind—but a very strong one it would seem, of what it would be a folly to deny—that selfish considerations are not without their influence on all our actions; and in spite of the boasted philanthropy of mankind, is found to be the governing spring of them.

As I am not exempt from this foible of humanity, the honestest part I can act is, to make an ample confession of it, at the same time that I assure you of the high respect & admiration of Madam, Your Most Obdt & hble servt

G. Washington

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