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From George Washington to Tobias Lear, 25 November 1796

My dear Sir, Philadelphia 25th Novr 1796.

Your letter of the 20th instt was received yesterday, and the principal design of this is to cover the copy of a letter from Mr Van Vleck to me, respecting the reception of Maria at the School for young Ladies in Bethleham. It will be necessary for you to fix (for I presume it will be necessary that Mr Van Vleck should know) precisely, when she will enter; for as he is pressed by others, and receiving Maria may be considered as a favour (at this time) I would wish the matter to be regulated with punctuality.

As you, and Mr Pearce both, seems to think that the Security offered by Mr Alexr Smith is, under present appearances, good, I will not now, ask for any other, but as it may be in your way to discover without much enquiry or trouble, how matters work in Alexandria before March; I would thank you for advice, if, in your judgment, it shd become expedient for me to resort to further means for the security of the sum which will be due to me at that time from him.

I am sorry to hear your crop of Wheat turned out so indifferently—mine I expect will be, proportionably, no better. But all these things only serve as evidences to convince me, that if we were to reduce our cultivation, or rather grounds, to half the present quantity, and manure & till that half well, that our profits would be greater; while the other half would be improving. But this is a subject too copious for my present occupations, to allow time to enter upon: and therefore I will add nothing further at this time than that the family are all (except Mr Frestal) well, & unite in best wishes for you & yours, with Dear Sir Your Sincere friend & affectionate Servt

Go: Washington

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