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From George Washington to William Pearce, 4 April 1796

Mr Pearce, 4th April 1796.

If Mrs Green & her family are really in distress, afford them some relief; I cannot say to what amount, because that depends upon the nature & extent of it. But in my opinion it had better be in any thing than money, for I very strongly suspect that all that has, & perhaps all that will be given to her in that article, is applied more in rigging herself, than in the purchase of real & useful necessaries for her family. To aid her in this way is not my intention—but you will, from enquiry, know what her real situation is, and govern yourself thereby.

If she cannot support her children she ought to bind them to good Masters & Mistresses, who will learn them Trades & do that justice by them which the Law directs. I am—Yours &ca

Go: Washington


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