WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Go: Washington"), 1 p, 4to, Mount Vernon, November 28, 1788, to Wakelis Welch, being a letter of introduction for Gouverneur Morris, leaf mildly toned and spotted, staining and abrasion at upper and lower left corners from wax seal, matted and framed.
Gouverneur Morris [1752-1816] served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention where he was a close ally of Washington, supporting the latter's efforts to establish a strong central government. He also was one of only a few delegates to speak out against the institution of slavery in general and the three-fifths representation clause in particular. Washington writes this letter of introduction the next year in preparation for Morris's visit to London: "you will find him a well informed, sensible man and an agreeable companion. He is a Gentleman of family & fortune in this country and has filled some of the most important civil employments in the United States."