Georgetown July 20th 1798
Yet uncertain whether the pressing calls of his country will or not deprive us of the presence of the General, 1 at the exhibition we are preparing for the evening of the 30th instant: I take the liberty of praying both you Madam, & the accomplished Miss Custis, either to complete our happiness by accompanying him, if he resolve to come, or if not, to console us for his absence by gracing with your own attendance the first essay of our juvenile stage. Having made bold enough to (?) ourselves into the (?) of seeing it encouraged by the presence of the eminent man, on whom all eyes are so disemidly fixed, our disappointment in not obtaining this favor can only be compensated by the satisfaction of beholding his place filled by the two persons who by the lustre they derive, both from their intimate connections with him & their personal virtue possess the next claim after him to the highest reverence of
Madam Your most obt & humble Servt. Wm DuBourg2 President of GeoTown College
Mrs Washington (Address) G.Town 19 July Mrs Washington Mount Vernon Revd Mr. DuBourg Presdt GeoTown College 20th July 1798
Copy of original, by William B. Sprague. DLC:GW.