Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4

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Author: Noah Webster

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From Noah Webster, Jr.

Baltimore, 18 July, 1785.

SIR,

If the request I am now to make should need any apology but such as will naturally be suggested by its own importance, I am sure it will find it in your candor.

The favorable reception of my grammatical publication in the Northern States, has induced me to offer them for sale in the Southern; and I am happy to find they meet the approbation of those literary gentlemen with whom I have conversed on my tour to Charleston. The performance may possibly appear, at first thought, trifling; and yet, as containing the rudiments of our native language, the foundation of our other scientific improvements, it doubtless ought to be considered as extremely important. If you, Sir, view it in the latter point of light, and have taken the trouble to examine the general plan and execution, your name, as a patron of the Institute, would be very influential in introducing it to notice in these States.

I should be very unhappy to make any request, a compliance with which would require the least sacrifice from so distinguished a character; but if it can be done, consistently with the sentiments of your heart and the delicacy of your feelings, the addition of your name, Sir, to the catalogue of patrons, will, I vainly hope, be a continuation of your public utility, and will certainly be esteemed a singular favor conferred on one who is anxious to improve the literature and advance the prosperity of this country.

I have the honor to be, &c., &c.,

NOAH WEBSTER JR.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "From Noah Webster, Jr.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 111–112. Original Sources, accessed February 4, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8E8W6SLNE4WULRI.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "From Noah Webster, Jr." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 4, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 111–112. Original Sources. 4 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8E8W6SLNE4WULRI.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'From Noah Webster, Jr.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.111–112. Original Sources, retrieved 4 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8E8W6SLNE4WULRI.