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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Thomas Paine

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02858 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 September 1795 Pagination: 1 p. + docket 17 x 21 cm

Summary of Content: President Washington thanks "Thos Paine - of Boston" (not the famous author of "Common Sense," who was in Paris until 1802) for a poem inscribed to him.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Sir,
Since my return to this city, from Mount Vernon, I have been favored with your letter of the 30th. of July with the accompanying Poem, The Invention of Letters. ...For the honor of Inscribing it to me, and the flattering sentiments [there]in Expressed, I pray you to accept the best thanks of

Your Most Obedt
Go: Washington
7th. Septr. 1795
Mr. Thos Paine - of Boston

[address leaf:]
To Mr. Thomas Paine
7th. Sep. 1795
The President of the United States
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentPoetryLiterature and Language Arts

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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