Lear, Tobias (1762-1816) to Benjamin Lincoln re: gratitude for getting position as Washington's secretary
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"I gladly and willingly accept of the proposal which you made me of going to Virginia . . . . to render myself serviceable, and agreeable to General Washington." Docketed on address leaf.
Portsmout Dec 29th. 1785
I yesterday rec'd your very obliging fav'r of the 26th Inst. I cannot express my gratitude at present by any other means than by informing you that I gladly and willingly accept the proposal which you made of me going to Virginia. I trust that my exertions will not be wanting to render myself serviceable, and agreeable to General Washington; a sense of Obligation I am under you, and your Son, will be a sufficient Stimulus for me to do well, even if I have no other, and I shall wish that some future period may put it in my power to show how much I am, Respected Sir,
Your Obliged & very Humbl.Servt
P.S. I shall hold myself in readiness to whenever you may think proper.-
Dec. 29. 1785
Benjamin Lincoln Esq
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