George Washington's Letter to Patrick Henry


George Washington's Letter to Patrick Henry


Washington's letter to Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia, refusing pecuniary reward for duties performed during the Revolutionary War.

The State of Virginia, in acknowledgement of Washington's service during the American Revolution, voted him certain shares in the companies responsible for opening the navigation of the James and Potomac Rivers. Washington, replying to Virginia Governor Patrick Henry, expresses his thanks to the General Assembly but declines any pecuniary reward for his services to his country:

"When I was first called to the station with which I was honored during the late conflict for our liberties, to the diffidence which I had so many reasons to feel in accepting it, I thought it my duty to join a firm resolution to shut my hand against any pecuniary recompense. To this resolution I have invariably adhered. From this resolution (if I had the inclination) I do not consider myself at liberty to depart."


Washington, George, 1732-1799


U. S. History mss.


October 29, 1785


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