Autograph Letter Signed, G:Washington, one page, square quarto, Mount Vernon, April 6, . To William Heth, treasurer of the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati.
“An honest confession of the truth, is the best apology I can make for my not acknowledging the receipt of your favor of the 24th of Decr. before this. The fact is, the letter was mislaid, and entirely forgot, till chance recovered it. I now send you Colo. DeCrony’s third Bill of Exchange of Colo. Wadsworth-his second I have never (I believe) seen. The first you have. ”
This letter was written after the Revolutionary War, when George Washington had finally had a chance to retire to Mount Vernon, which he had had to neglect because of his military duties, and a year before he would be persuaded to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (in the summer of 1787). He was unanimously elected president of the convention and while he participated little in the debates, his high prestige maintained collegiality and kept the delegates at their labors. The delegates designed the presidency with George Washington in mind, and allowed him to define the office once elected. While our letter has a worn appearance, it is nevertheless attractive and the classic case of the content representing so quintessentially the character of the author that the minor edge fraying is quickly overlooked.
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- American Revolution