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Washington, George (1732-1799) to John Davidson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.105 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Autograph note signed Date: 20 January 1784 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 14 x 19 cm.

Regarding an address from the Yankee Club of Stewartstown, County Tyrone, Ireland. Recipient inferred from docket.

John Davidson was a major in the Continental Army, as well as an industrialist and planter.
Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Mount Vernon 20th . Jan 84
Sir;
The Address from the Yankee Club of Stewartstown coming through your hands to me, I give you, without [inserted : an] apology [ strike out ] [ inserted : for the trouble, the care] transmitting the enclosed answer to the Chairman thereof.
I am Sir
Yr. most Obt. Hble Ser
Go: Washington

[ docket: ]
To
Majr . Davidson
20th. Jan 1784
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No . III. C.V.5
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