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To George Washington from Tobias Lear, 19 April 1796

My dear Sir, Tuesday Morng 19th Apl 1796

Could I beleive, for a moment, that you thought my Opinions were grounded on interested motives, or influenced by party views, I should blush to appear before you; but having long known the liberality of your mind, I have never hesitated to declare my sentiments to you, without reserve, on such points as occasionally occurred between us; and I am pleased to think that you do not esteem me less for this openness, even when our opinions have not coincided with each other.

I have, however, since our conversation last Evening, been much distressed, lest the manner in which I then expressed myself should not have been done with that respect and deference which my heart always pays to you: And I shall not feel at peace with myself ’till I am assured of your forgiveness; for to lose that place which I flatter myself I have held in your esteem, would now be the most painful occurrence that could happen to your devoted & most affectionate friend

Tobias Lear


DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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