On September 3, 1798, George Washington sent this letter to Edmund Jennings Lee inviting him to dine at Mount Vernon along with John Marshall and Bushrod Washington. Marshall had recently returned from service as peace commissioner to France and Washington hoped to persuade him to run for Congress in the upcoming election. Lee must have declined this invitation, because his name is not recorded in Washington's diary among his dinner guests that evening.

This letter is published in W. W. Abbot, ed., THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: RETIREMENT SERIES, vol. 2 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998), 580.



September 3, 1798



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall (visible): 6 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (15.88 cm x 11.43 cm)


Gift of Mary Washington Marr, 2008

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