Newport August 4th 1783
I had the honor to receive Your Excellencys favor of the 9th Ulto a few days since on my return from Boston, where I had been to take my leave of General Heath. Your Nephew will always command me in every thing that may contribute to his convenience whilst he remains on this Island; but I am fearful that neither our attentions, the temperature & salubrity of the climate, nor the skill of his Physician will restore him to health in so short a period as he wishes, & we at first believed. His disorders appear too obstinate to give way immediately to the prescriptions of his Physician aided by the feeble remains of a good constitution. He has been for a few days past under the care of Doctor Waterhouse, a young gentleman who received his education in Europe under the particular patronage of Doctor Forthergill late Physician to the King of England, & the Major has found relief from his advice: a bilious attack has encreased his complaints for a week past, but this the Doctor has partly removed; & if he has equal success in removing the pain from his breast, which he thinks is caused in a great measure by the bile, there appears no reason why he may not, in a few weeks, be restored to his pristine health & spirits. He has tryed the cold bath but found it did not agree with him.
Will Your Excellency permit before I close this letter, as contingencies prevented me from takeing my leave personally, to express the unfeigned sentiments of a most respectfull attachment to Your Excellency, and my ardent wishes that your moments of retirement may be as happy as Your public life has been successfull & glorious. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & most Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.