George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Mease, 21 January 1777

From James Mease

Philadelphia Jany 21 1777


since I had the pleasure of writing your Excellency I have been confined with a bad fever & Cold, wh. prevents my being able to set out for Camp for a few days1 In the mean time have thought proper to send the bearer Mr Young to take care of such business for me as may Occur in that department I have engaged him as assistant to me in the execution of the business not doubting but some will be necessary2 If your Excellency should have any commands Mr Young will be glad to receive them for me & I hope to have the pleasure seeing your Excellency a few days hence. I Am with the greatest Esteem & respect your Excellency’s most obdt & most Hbl. servt

James Mease


2Charles Young (1757–1842) served as deputy clothier general at least until the summer of 1778, and later in the war he joined a Philadelphia firm that outfitted armed privateers. In the early 1790s Young contracted with the federal government to provide clothing for the army, but by the late 1790s he was insolvent.

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