George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Didsbury, 18 July 1771

To John Didsbury

[Williamsburg] July 18th 1771.


Inclosd you have three measures by which you will please to make the following Shoes & Boots

    For Geo: Washington

  • 3 pr neat light Shoes stitch’d and bound
  • 3 pr neat but stronger Ditto
  • 1 pr neat & thin Boots for Summer Wear with Straps & Buckles to Ditto
  • 1 pr Neat double Vampd Do Do Do

    For Lund Washington

  • 2 pr neat thin Shoes Stitchd and bound
  • 4 pr neat and strong Do
  • 1 pr neat & Strong Boots with buckles & Straps

    For Jno. P. Custis

  • 4 pr neat Pumps Stitchd & bound
  • 2 pr dble Chand Do
  • 4 pr neat & strong Shoes, stitchd & bound
  • 1 pr light and thin boots with Buckskin Legs
  • 1 pr neat Do Calf & pretty stout with buckles Straps &ca

I have sent you a fresh measure for myself because the Shoes wch I have had from you latterly were rather too small1—make out the above Accts seperately—Messrs Cary & Co. will pay for the whole & it will be necessary that you distinguish the Shoes &ca by writing each person’s name on their own.2 I am, Sir Yr Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALB, DLC:GW. This letter was enclosed in GW’s letter of 20 July 1771 to Robert Cary & Co.

1GW first ordered shoes from the London shoemaker John Didsbury in 1758. See GW to Richard Washington, 5 April 1758.

2These shoes are listed in Cary’s invoice of 3 Dec. 1771.

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