George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Newton, Jr., 14 December 1773

To Thomas Newton, Jr.

Mt Vernon Decr 14th 1773.


Inclosed you have Invoice of 26 Barrl of Biscuit stuff; which, with 35 Sent off before I came home, will be more than sufficient I conceive to mix with the midlings for Bread; if so, please to dispose of the overplus for, and on my acct, as also of the Bread when Baked, and send me an Acct of the proceeds, with the Cash, if any proper oppertunity offers to Alexandria to the care of Messrs Robt Adam & Company1—Please to let me know what you think my best Superfine Flour would sell at in Norfolk (freight to be paid by the purchaser)—I have none, at least a very trifling quantity by me at present, having sold all I have hitherto made at two pence pr lb.2

With the Flour, you will receive a Barrel of White thorn Berrys for his Excellency the Govr which please to forward with the Inclosed Letter by the first opperty—charge the freight down, to me3—If you have heard any thing of the Brig Anne & Elizabeth Captn Pollocks please to inform me thereof by the Post4 and you will much oblige Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

G: Washington


1As a part of his first shipment of flour to Thomas Newton in January 1773, GW sent fifty barrels of “midlings,” which despite continuing efforts the Norfolk merchant was unable to sell. See GW to Newton, 27 Jan., 10 July 1773, and Newton to GW, 30 June 1773, 27 June 1774, and 21 Dec. 1774. GW sent twenty-six barrels of biscuit stuff at this time in December 1773 by Dem[sey] Hatton (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 85). See Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends , 18 Dec. 1773.

3GW’s letter to Lord Dunmore has not been found.

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