To Nathaniel Gorham
[New York, December 8, 1789]
I am favored with your Letter of the 24th of last Month1 Enclosing Proposals from yourself and Mr. Oliver Phelps,2 for the Supply of the Garrisons of West Point, and Springfield for the Ensuing Year; and agreably to your request have to inform you that the Supply has been Undertaken by the former Contractor3 at Eight Cents, and four tenths of a Cent per Ration.
I am, with Sentiments of Esteem, your Obedt. Humble Servt.
ALS, sold at American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, May 2–3, 1934, Lot 114.
1. Letter not found.
2. Phelps, a Massachusetts merchant, combined with Gorham in land speculations as well as contracting. Their largest undertaking was the so-called Phelps-Gorham Purchase in upstate New York.
3. Melancton Smith and Hendrick Wyckoff.
4. Text taken from catalogue of American Art Association-Anderson Galleries.