GW at Philadelphia. Lafayette wrote to GW, describing his difficult position of being attacked by all sides in the French Revolution. He also assured GW of his efforts to battle a French duty placed on American tobacco and whale oil. George Augustine Washington, GW’s nephew and manager of Mount Vernon, wrote updating GW on his trip to see his father-in-law and expressing his pleasure that GW was expected home soon.
Philadelphia Quaker lawyer William Lewis wrote GW informing him that Henry Smith was in jail for counterfeiting American currency. He asked if he could pardon Smith if Smith named his co-conspirators and their locations. Md. state auditor general Christopher Richmond wrote GW asking for an appointment, but would not later receive one.