George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Mitchell, 20 October 1778

From John Mitchell

Philada 20th Octr 1778


I had the honor of writing you last week by Express.1 I have since seen a Chariot wch I believe wou’d do for a Traveling Carriage for Mrs Washington. it is Mrs Montgomery’s,2 is in tolerable good order, has a box wch can be taken off, the Harness pretty good, a proper Saddle for a Postillion &c., the price is £750—what wou’d be Necessary to make it compleat wou’d cost about £75 more—I have ingaged the prefferance of it for your Excellency—if you think it will Answer your purpose—it is the best to be got here, and as reasonable as can be expected from the very extravagent price of every article & the folly of people in General giving into those prices—wch seems to encrease every day, where it will end God knows.

Your Excellency will oblige me by your determination by the return of the Express3—hope the Trunks &c. has got safe & pleases you—I have sent to York Town & Carlisle to procure a Bear Skin for you, but have not yet been able to procure one—nothing will give me greater pleasure then to have an Opportunity of serving your Excellency in every thing in my power I beg your excuse for this Letter as I am Obliged to write in great heast, being surounded with people—I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellencys Most obedt & most hume Servant

Jno. Mitchell


2The owner of this carriage may be Rachel Rush Montgomery (1741–1798), a sister of Benjamin Rush and the wife of the Rev. Joseph Montgomery (1733–1794), who served as chaplain of Brig. Gen. William Smallwood’s Maryland brigade 1778–80 and as a Pennsylvania delegate to Congress 1780–82.

3GW’s reply to Mitchell of 26 Oct., in which he declined to purchase this carriage, has not been found, but see Mitchell’s letter to GW of 3 Nov. (DLC:GW).

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