George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lawrence Sanford, 29 September 1770

To Lawrence Sanford

Mount Vernon Sept. 29th 1770


In return for the Herrings, (which will be shiped as a joint stock by Mr Campbell & myself) you will please to bring me the following Articles,1 vizt

  • 1 Hogshead of good rum.
  • 1 Barrel of good Spirits.
  • 200 lb. of Coffee.
  • 100 lb. of best single refined Sugar.
  • 100 lb. of—double Do &
  • 100 or 200 Oranges if to be had good.

The balance of my half of the sales of the herrings you will please to bring me in Cash, & of such kinds as will pass here without loss. I wish you a pleasant & prosperous voyage, & safe return to your Owners and Friends. I am Sir Your very humble Servant

Go: Washington


1Capt. Lawrence Sanford of the Swift, who took a shipment of fish to the West Indies for GW in 1769 (see GW to Sanford, 26 Sept. 1769), and Matthew Campbell, agent for Carlyle & Adam of Alexandria, dined at Mount Vernon on 23 September. See the editors’ note for the diary entry of that date (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:272). For the shipment of the goods GW ordered, see Robert McMickan & Co. to GW, 7 Dec. 1770.

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