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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Bryan Fairfax re: allowing Fairfax to visit to discuss British peace proposal

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03674 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Camp near Potts Grove Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 September 1777 Pagination: 2 p. + addr 22 x 18.3 cm

Summary of Content: With a note in a different hand on the address leaf stating "containing a pas[s]port to travel to the camp." Washington also assures Fairfax of his friendship, despite "the difference in our political Sentiments...."

Background Information: Notes: Unpublished.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

Full Transcript: Camp near Pottsgrove
Septr 25 1777.
Dear Sir,
Despairing of seeing the bearer again, I wrote an answer to your favour from the Conestoga Waggon (without date) yesterday; and put it into ...the hands of a Man who faithfully promised to deliver it - since w[hi]ch your own Messenger has called upon me, & that you may have two chances of getting my passport to the Camp, you will receive one under this cover.
In my Letter of yesterday I assurd [sic] you, and assurd [sic] you with truth, that the difference in our political Sentiments had made no change in my friendship for you. I esteem, and revere, every man who acts from principle as I am persuaded you do; and shall ever contribute my aid to facilitate any Inclination you [2] may wish to endulge, as I am satisfied that that honr. which I have ever found you scrupulously observant of, will never be departed from. I shall add no more, because in the first place, I have very little leizure [sic], & on the next, because I conceive it unnecessary to multiply words to prove that with sincere regard

I am D[ea]r Sir
Y[ou]r Most Obed[ien]t & Aff[ectionat]e
Go: Washington

[Address leaf:]
To Bryan Fairfax Esqr.
At Colo. Thompsons at the Conestoga Waggon

[Docket:] (in another hand)
Sepr. 1777
Contains a Passport to Travel to the Camp
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Fairfax, Bryan Fairfax, Baron, 1736-1802

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralPresidentDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFriendshipPoliticsLoyalist

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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