George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Selena Hastings, countess of Huntingdon, 10 August 1783

State of New York 10th Augt 1783

My Lady

Within the course of a few days I have received the Letter you was pleased to honor me with from Bath, of the 20th of Feby and have to express my respectable thanks to your goodness, for the marks of confidence & esteem contained therein.

Your Ladyships benevolent designs towards the Indian Nations claim my particular attention—and to further so laudable an undertaking will afford me pleasure, so far as my situation in Life, surrounded with many and arduous cares, will admit—To be named as an active Executor of your Intentions, may perhaps disappoint your Ladyships views—but so far as my general Superintendence, or incidental attention can contribute to the promotion of your Establishment, you may command my assistance.

My Ancestry being derived from Yorkshire in England, it is more than probable that I am entitled to that Honorable, which you are pleased to mention—Independent however of this priveledge, the veneration with which your Ladyships character, heretofore known, has impressed me, justly entitles you to rank high in my esteem—The same Sentiments of respect & regard lead Mrs Washington to thank you for the distinguishing mention you are pleased to make of her. With great consideration I have the honor to be Yr Ladyships Most Obedt & Most Hble Servt

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