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title:“George Mason to George Washington”
authors:George Mason
date written:1785-11-9

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Mason, George. "Letter to George Washington." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 2. Ed. Robert A. Rutland. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 833-34. Print.
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Recipient's Copy, Washington Papers, Library of Congress

George Mason to George Washington (November 9, 1785)

Gunston-Hall Novemr. 9th, 1785
DEAR SIR
The Bearer waits on you with Side of Venison (the first we have killed this Season) which I beg your Acceptance of.
I have heard nothing from the Assembly, except vague Reports of their being resolved to issue a Paper Currency: upon what Principles, or Funds, I know not; perhaps upon the old thread-bare Security, of pledging solemnly the Public Credit. I believe such an Experiment wou'd prove simular to the old vulgar Adage, of carrying a Horse to the Water. They may pass a Law to issue it, but twenty Laws will not make People receive it.
I intended to go down to Richmond about the 15th of this month, to have reported the Compact with the Maryland Commissioners; but I have lately had so severe a Fit of the Convulsive Cholic, or the Gout in my Stomack, that I dare not venture far from Home. It held me from Sunday Evening 'til Tuesday Morning, & has left me so weak, that I am hardly able to walk across the Floor.
We hope to hear that you, your Lady, & Family are well; to whom Mrs. Mason & the Family here present their best Compliments, with those of Dear Sir Your affecte. & obdt. Sert.
G MASON

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