George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Christopher Chamney, 8 February 1785

From Christopher Chamney

Whitehaven [England] February 8th 1785


I have been 26 Years from Virginia Septr last, and for the last 7 Years I have enjoy’d an uninterupted State of good Health owing to Temperance, Exercise, & early going to Rest without Supper.

The Irish are aiming at Independance—they have had no less than 5 Lord Lieutenants in 3 Years vizt

Earl of Carlisle

Duke of Portland

Earl Temple

Lord Northington, & at present the Duke of Rutland a Son of the late Marquis of Granby

Our Sir James Lowther is lately advanc’d to the House of Lords with the pompous Titles of

1. Baron Lowther of Lowther in the County of Westmorland.

2. Baron of the Barony of Kendal in the said County.

3. Baron of d[itt]o Borough in the County of Cumberland.

4. Viscount Lonsdale.

5. Viscount Lowther, &

6. Earl of Lonsdale

Mr John Hudson told me he saw you, & your Son Lund at Alexandria, it gave me great Pleasure to hear ye were well My best Respects to all my surviving old Acquaintance. I should be glad to hear from you yearly by some of our Whitehaven Vessels that load at Alexandria, a Virginia Almanack, & a Gazette will be very acceptable. Wishing you & Your’s many happy Years I am Your most obedt Servant

Christr Chamney


Christopher Chamney’s name appears in the Fairfax County records in 1749, and a Christopher Chamney kept a store in Richmond in the early 1750s. John Carlyle was only the most prominent of the merchants in Alexandria who had close business and personal ties with Whitehaven. John Hudson has not been identified.

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