Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Rediscovering George Washington
Washington: Father of His Country The Washington Collection
Washington in the Classroom About the Program
Timeline: George Washington's Life Milestones
Multimedia Room Search the Site
Gilder Lehrman Collection Documents
Gilder Lehrman Collection Images
Other Documents
Gilder Lehrman Collection Documents
Letter to Benjamin Lincoln, November 7, 1786
TRANSCRIPT GLC 1479
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon, to Benjamin Lincoln, 1786 Nov. 7. 1 p.

Mount Vernon. 7 Novr. 1786.

My dear Sir,

I have, I think, seen your name mentioned as President of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Massachusetts. For this reason I give you the trouble of the enclosed address.

I hope your wishes were fully accomplished in your Eastern trip. Are your people getting mad? Are we to have the goodly fabrick that eight years were spent in rearing pulled over our heads? What is the cause of all these commotions? When & how is it to end?

I need not repeat to you how much

I am My dear Sir
Yr. Most Obedt. & Affecte.
Hble. Servant
Go: Washington

Genl. Lincoln


Notes: Fitzpatrick. Writings of Washington.29: 58-59. In 1778 Congress appointed Lincoln to command the South Department in South Carolina, neglecting to consult Washington first. Lincoln failed to prevent the British seizure of Savannah. Benjamin Lincoln served as the nations first secretary at war until 1783