George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lawrence Sanford, 26 September 1769

To Lawrence Sanford

Mount Vernon Septr 26th 1769


In Return for my Venture of Fish, which are committed to your disposal, I should be obliged to you for bringing me the following Articles (first deducting the Freight and Commissions)

  • One Hhd of best Commn Rum.
  • 1 Barl of very best bro: Sugar
  • 200 Wt of Loaf refind Sugar if good & cheap
  • 1 Pot—abt 5 lbs. preservd Green Sweetmeats.
  • if in Season—2 or 3 dozn Sweet Oranges[,] 1 dozn Cocoa Nuts[,] a Few Pine Apples
  • And the residue of the Money, be it little or much, to be laid out in good Spirits

I heartily wish you a prosperous Voyage, and a safe and Speedy return to your Friends at Alexandria—being Sir Yr Very Hble Servt

Go: Washington


Lawrence Sanford, captain of the brig Swift of Alexandria, took the shipment of fish to Antigua. In his Cash Accounts for December 1770 GW records the receipt of £6.17 for the sale of the fish.

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