WASHINGTON, GEORGE.

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Lot 6318
WASHINGTON, GEORGE.

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Fine Books & Manuscripts

4 Dec 2006, 16:00 EST

New York

F2

WASHINGTON, GEORGE.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Go:Washington"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoining blank), Mount Vernon, June 28, 1788, to Reverend William West, conjoining blank tipped at all edges to album leaf, still fine.

Washington assists William West in the advancement of the painting career of his son, George William West. As this letter foretells, George West did go to London to study with Benjamin West (no relation), but died at age 25 of tuberculosis. Washington also alludes to his not forming friendships with Englishmen since the War. In full: "Dear Sir, I was favoured with your letter of the 17th ult. by your son. In consequence of which I send the enclosed for Mr. Welch, the surviving partner of the House of Cary & Co. who used to transact the principal part of my business in London and who is the only mercantile character in England with whom I have had any intercourse in the last fifteen years. Formerly, I corresponded with Messrs. Hanbury & Co., who also sold Tobacco for me, but if I recollect rightly, I have heard of his death, and I have not been at all solicitous to renew the old, or to form new connections with anyone in that Kingdom. When you spoke to me some time ago on this subject, I had, besides Mr Welch, my old neighbor and friend Col. Fairfax in view to have written to, but, he is no more. / If the introductory letter to Mr. Welch should be, in smallest degree serviceable to your son, I shall feel much pleasure from having afforded it, because I approve much of your determination to give him an opportunity of cultivating his genius, and improving in the fine art to which his talents lead him, and because he will carry with him my best wishes for perfection in it, as well as for a safe & pleasant voyage and happy return to you. / With sentiments of great esteem & regard- I am Rev Sir / Your most obedt Hble. Serv."
Provenance: The Presidential Autograph Collection of Alfred L. Baker.
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WASHINGTON, GEORGE.
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