To Thomas Newton, Jr.
Mt Vernon 2d April 1774
Inclosed you have Griffen Gilley’s receipt for sixty Barrels of superfine Flour; as also an invoice of the weight &c. of each barrel. Please to dispose of it to the best advantage, for my interest, on credit not ecceeding October.1
I was obliged to buy in the Anne & Elizabeth myself at the price of £175 which is thirty odd, short of what it stands me—Will this Vessel, do you think, sell at Norfolk? and at what price for ready money? I could wish to dispose of it at its value, as every one agree’s it must be worth £300—but if I cannot get a price nearly equal to its worth, I must receive freight, one being offer’d to Jamaica, another to Philadelphia, & a third to St Kitts.2 I shall only add that I am Sir, Your most obt Servt
1. The value GW places on the flour and casks is £112.8.2, less Newton’s commission of £5.12.4. He identifies the conveyor of the sixty barrels of flour as Griffith Kelly, not “Griffen Gilley” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 85). The enclosed “receipt” has not been found. Newton acknowledges receipt of the flour on 19 April.
3. “Sortable” meant suitable or appropriate.