|Revd Sir,||Philadelphia 7th Decr 1796|
The letter you were pleased to favour me with, relative to my (grand) niece Maria Washington, was (a copy of it) sent to Mr Lear, who married her mother, and is her guardian, with a request that he would ascertain the precise time for her entering the School for young Ladies, under your auspices, at Bethlehem.
Enclosed you have his answer, & you have to decide whether the first of April, or an earlier day will suit your purposes best, to receive the child. She is fatherless & motherless; to have with her therefore the daughter of Colo. Ball, who is the daughter of her father’s Sister also, would be very pleasing to the two girls, if it could be made convenient to the School.
Your answer to these requests, if put under cover to me, shall be immediately forward to Mr Lear, for his government. Before I conclude, I pray you to accept my thanks for your ready consent to admit the child, in whose behalf I first applied; & for the favourable Sentiments you have been pleased to express for Revd Sir Your Most Obedt and obliged Hble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.