| TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.068
George Washington. Autographed letter signed: Mount Vernon,
to Henry Knox, 1787 April 27. 1 p.
Mount Vernon 27th Aprl 1787.
My dear Sir
Hurried as I am I cannot (nor expecting to see you in Philadelpa)
[inserted: withhold] the copy of a Paragraph in a letter which
came to my hands yesterday from Mr. Jefferson, and a translation
of the Article “Cincinnati” from the Encyclopedie
Methodique; forwarded to me by the same Gentlemen as they
relate to the Society & serve to shew the light in whc.
it is viewed in France.
I do not know what the Article from the Enclyclopedie Methodique
contains as it is in French further than from the purport
of Mr. Jeffersons letter – and being received but yesterday
it could not be translated previous to my departure but I
have desired a Gentleman who lives in my family to do it and
have left this letter to be sent with it. –
In my present state of mind I can hardly form an opinion
whether it will be best to lay the matter before the Society
as coming from Mr. Jefferson or as from a person of as good
information as any in France – I must therefore leave
it wholly with you to do as you may think most proper. –
You know my sentiments from the proceedings of the last General
meeting and from my Circular letter.
In haste I am
Yr. Affecte. Servt
Majr. Genl Knox
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 29: 208.
GLC 2437.52.162 is a duplicate of this document.