To Clement Biddle
Mount Vernon 8th Jan. 1784.
Be so good as to send me by the Post, or any other safe & expeditious conveyance, 70 Yards of livery lace three quarters, or Inch wide; or any width between—Direct it to the care of the Postmaster in Alexandria. The lace should be red & white.1
I will thank you also for sending me, if an oppertunity should offer soon by Water, one hundred weight, or even a Barrel of good Coffee. Pray forwd the Acct between us that I may discharge the Balle if it is against me.2 My Compliments in which Mrs Washington joins are offered to Mrs Biddle & Mrs Shaw.3I am—Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt
ALS, PHi: Washington-Biddle Correspondence; LB, DLC:GW.
Clement Biddle (1740–1814), Nathanael Greene’s commissary general for forage from July 1777 to June 1780, was a Philadelphia merchant whom GW used as his factor, or commercial agent, in that city.
3. Rebekah Cornell Biddle was the daughter of Gideon Cornell, lieutenant governor and chief justice of Rhode Island at the time of his death in 1765. Mrs. Shaw was Sarah Biddle Penrose Shaw, Clement Biddle’s sister, who was soon to marry her third husband, Rudolph Tillier (see GW to Biddle, 1 Feb. 1785).