TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.71
George Washington. Letter signed: Mount Vernon, to Henry Knox,
1788 February 5. 2p.+ docket
Mount Vernon 5th. Feby. 1788.
My dear Sir,
Soon after my last was dispatched to you, I was favoured
with the receipt of your letter of the 14th. Ult; by which,
and other accts. of more recent date, I am sorry to find that
the important question under deliberation in Massachusetts,
stands on such precarious ground. - The decision of that State
will, unquestionably, have considerable influence on those
which are to follow; especially on the one in which you now
are; - at the same time that an unfavourable issue, will strengthen
the cords of dissention in others, which have already decided.
What may be the final determination on this Subject in Virginia,
is more, I believe, than any man can say with precision. -
Every one, with whom you converse, delivers his own sentiment
as the sentiments of the State; whilst there is no just criterian
that I know of, to form a decided judgment. - My own opinion
of the matter is, as I observed to you in my last, that it
will certainly be received; but, for the reasons  then
assigned, I may be mistaken; not having been from home ten
miles (my jouney up the River being prevented by bad weather
& a slight indisposition) since I returned from Philadelphia,
and from not having seen many beyond that circle, except travellers
& strangers; whose means of information is too often defective
to be relied on.
The poor Patriots of Holland, must either have been greatly
decieved, or they have acted form weakness & precipitency.
- The first, I conceive to be the case - & the peculiar
situation of the affairs of France - perhaps too, divisions
among themselves, will acct. for it. - Be this as it may,
their case is pitiable. -
The Navigation of this River has been stopped for near five
weeks - at this moment we are locked fast by Ice - and this
air of this day is amongst the keenest I ever recollect to
have felt. - Mrs. Washington joins me in every good wish for
you & Mrs. Knox - and I am,
My dear Sir,
Yr Sincere frd & affec Servt
PS. Pray, if it is not a secret, who is the author, or authors
Majr. Genl. Knox
[docket] Genl Washington 7 Febry 1788-
[inserted - different hand: Original No. 17-]
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 29, pp. 400-1.
GLC02437.52.165 is a duplicate of this document.