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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.

Description

L (Letter). One page letter of invitation. 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. It is possibly in Tobias Lear's hand. This document cannot be examined for a watermark until it is removed from the backing board and backing paper.

Full text of document:
General Washington / presents his compliments / to Mr. Edmund Lee, and / requests the presence of / his company to dine / today with Genl. Marshall / & Mr. B. Washington / Monday Sept. 3d. 98-


Date

September 3, 1798


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Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

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


Credit Line

Gift of Mary Washington Marr, 2008


Object Number

MS-5831


Colors (Beta)


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