George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Jones, 14 September 1777

From Joseph Jones

[Philadelphia] 14th Sept. 1777.

Dr Sr

Being in want of a light Pheeton I directed my Servt to inquire abt the City for one—He tells me he has found a single light carriage wch belongs to you and has been lying here for some time—I have not seen it but from his account of it expect it will answer my purpose and if you choose to sell will purchase and give any price you may think it reasonably worth—If it is your inclination to keep it and get it out of the way of the Enemey I will take it to Lancaster if we are obliged to move there, which you will please to determine by a line.1 I am Yr aff. hum. Sevt

Jos: Jones


Joseph Jones (1727–1805) of King George County, Va., who corresponded frequently with GW during the later years of the Revolutionary War, established himself as a successful lawyer in Fredericksburg, Va., during the 1750s, and he was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1772. A prominent figure in Virginia politics by the beginning of the war, Jones served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from August to December 1777, when he resigned on account of his health and returned to Virginia where he became a judge of the general court. Jones again served in Congress from 1780 to 1783, and in 1789 he was reappointed a judge of the general court, a position that he held for the rest of his life.

1The copy of GW’s reply to Jones of 17 Sept. from Yellow Springs, Pa., which is written on the reverse of Jones’s letter, reads: “I have been favoured with Yours of the 14th. I do not wish to sell my Phaeton but shall be happy if you will take & use it, ’till I shall have occasion for it. This I request you to do as you will thereby accomodate yourself & serve me at the same time” (DLC:GW).

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