| TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.075
George Washington. Autographed letter signed: Mount Vernon,
to Acting Secretary at War Henry Knox, 1789 April 10. 1 p. +
doc. + addr.
[inserted- in different hand: Washington] Mount Vernon April
My dear Sir,
The cloth and Buttons which accompanied your favor of the
30th. Ult, came safe by Colo. Hanson; and really do credit
to the manufactures of this Country. – As it requires
Six more of the large (engraved) button to trim the Coat in
the manner I wish it to be, I would thank you, my good Sir,
for procuring that number and retaining them in your hands
until my arrival in New York. –
Not to contemplate (though it is a serious object) the loss
which you say the General Government will sustain in the article
of Impost, the stupor, or listlessness with which our public
measures seem to be pervaded, is, to me, matter of deep regret.
– Indeed it has so strange an appearance that I cannot
but wonder how men who sollicit public confidence or who are
even prevailed upon to accept of it can reconcile such conduct
with their own feelings of propriety. – The delay is
inauspicious to say the best of it- and the World must contemp
it. – With sentiments of the sincerest friendship, I
PS. The advices by the Mail of this Evening will, surely,
inform us of a Quoram in both Houses of Congress. –
Mount Vernon 10th of
Majr. Genl Knox
New – York.
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. v. 30: 280.