George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Carlyle, 25 July 1758

From John Carlyle

Winchester July 25 1758

Dr Sir

I Reced yours per Dr Craike with 75£ which Shall Immediatly Lay out In A bill & remite as Directed1—the Goods In my Care Seemed to be Chairs & a Small box that has yr Armes In it Cut in Wood2—If your Letter that you mention Comes to My hand Shall Immediatly forward up to you, I cannot Say how Mr Washington has Settled the Insurance but Shall write him Abt it per first oppertunity.

I have Yett not given up hopes of Copethorn I have Ten hhds on board without one Penny Insured & now woud not give 25 perCt.3 I heartily Congratulate you on Yr Election here you Need Not doubt but We did Every thing in our Power to Serve you We Came here on Purpose. I Wish Yr health & us a happy Meeting Concludes Me Dr Sir Yr Very Affectionet Hble Sert

John Carlyle


1GW’s letter to Carlyle has not been found. GW recorded in his accounts (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 11) that on 22 July he sent by Dr. James Craik £75 in cash to Carlyle for him to buy a bill of exchange.

2These were probably items shipped to Alexandria from London for GW by Richard Washington. See Carlyle to GW, 14 July, n.2.

3GW shipped to Thomas Knox of Bristol “14 Hogsheads Tobo of the best Mountn Sweetscented” (GW to Knox, 26 Dec. 1757) aboard the 200–ton ship Nugent Only, John Copithorne master. The Nugent Only was cleared by the naval officer of the South Potomac on 2 Feb. 1758 loaded with 406 hogsheads of tobacco, wooden staves, iron, copper, and potash. Carlyle wrote GW on 4 Aug. 1758 that he had learned of Copithorne’s safe arrival in Bristol. Knox’s invoice listing the goods he shipped to GW in the Nugent Only on its return voyage to Virginia is dated 18 Aug. 1758.

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