|| George Washington
December 15, 1784
Sir: Not until within a few days have I been honor'd with
your favor of the 27th. of Septr. 1783, accompanying your
treatise on Education.
My sentiments are perfectly in unison with yours sir, that
the best means of forming a manly, virtuous and happy people,
will be found in the right education of youth. Without this
foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail; and
it gives me pleasure to find that Gentlemen of your abilities
are devoting their time and attention in pointing out the
way. For your lucubrations on this subject which you have
been so obliging as to send me, I pray you to accept my thanks,
and an expression of the pleasure I felt at the declaration
of your intention to devote a further portion of your time
in so useful a study.
Of the importance of education our Assemblies, happily, seem
fully impressed; they establishing new, and giving further
endowments to the old Seminaries of learning, and I persuade
myself will leave nothing unessayed to cultivate literature
and useful knowledge, for the purpose of qualifying the rising
generation for patrons of good government, virtue and happiness.
I have the honor, etc.