<br /> Lee Letter: n169

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Miss Sidney Lee

Madam:

The letter you did me the honor to write to me on the 23d. of May
last, came to my hands in the moment of my departure for our Western
territory. Knowing that I should be in the walks of Mr. White, and
intending if I did not see him, to write to him on the subject of your
letter; I thought it best to decline giving you any trouble until one
of those events should have happened.

Fortunately, I saw Mr. White, who informed me that altho’ appearances were
against him he had not been unmindful, either of your commands, or his
own promises; for tho’ it was to give a precise account of the trust
reposed in him, he has nevertheless done it some little time previous
to my application; and would leave nothing unattempted to settle the
whole in the best manner he was able, and circumstances would admit. He
marked the parts of your letter to me which required his attention, and
promised me that he would address you on the subject of them, in a very
little time. For the favourable wishes you have been pleased to bestow
on this young Country, and for the flattering sentiments you have
expressed for me, my grateful acknowledgments are due.

I have the
honor, etc.1

Notes:

1 From the “Letter Book” copy in the Washington
Papers
.