From John Rumney, Jr.
Whitehaven [England] 8th Septr 1784
Having only arrivd a few Days ago, I have not opportunity of communicating to your Excellency as I could wish, the Particulars of the Enquiries you were pleas’d to honor me with. You may rely, Sir, on my Diligence in executing your Commission & giving you the earliest Advice. I have wrote to Newcastle abt a Bricklayer, that Place furnishing Mechanicks in that Branch preferable to any other in those Parts.1 As we shall have a Ship sailing in Jany for Alexandria I hope to send both by her. I write this by the Hope Ct. Cragg a fine new Ship, which my Partners & I send out, to Potomack. in which Vessel my Friend & Partner Mr Robt Sanderson goes, I shall esteem it a particular Favor, your Excellency’s honoring him with your Notice.2 I sincerely thank you, Sir, & Mrs Washington for the genteel Present of Sea Stock sent me off by your Boat.3 I remain with the greatest Esteem & Respect Your Excellency’s most oblig’d & h’ble Servt
2. Robert Sanderson had dinner with GW at Mount Vernon as early as 12 June 1785 and last dined there a year later, on 4 June 1786, before crossing the Potomac “on his way to embark at Leonard town, Saint Marys, for England” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:341).