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George Washington to Elizabeth Powel

January 25, 1795

“[Thomas] Jefferson’s Notes of Virginia I have the pleasure to send you,” writes Washington to Powel, a close friend, and one of the most well-read and articulate women in America. Powel may have also requested or recommended the other article mentioned: “ ‘Doctr. [Benjamin] Franklin’s strictures on the “abuse of the Press.’ ”

Purchase, 1952 [A-417.32]