To Thomas Newton, Jr.
Mount Vernon 26 May 1786.
Inclosed you have Peter Kerwins receipt for fifty barrels of super fine flour, which I beg you to sell to the best advantage, and remit what may be due to me, after deducting what I am owing to you.1
Twenty four of these fifty barrels are inspected; the others, tho’ of equal quality, are not. The reason is, the bearer calling unexpectedly, & being in a hurry, would not allow time to get the Inspectors from Alexandria; I was obliged therefore to send them without, or miss the conveyance—the former I preferred, as I have been some time on the enquiry for a Vessel. The quality of the uninspected, my miller assures me, is at least equal to the inspected, being quite fresh. With esteem & regard I am &c.
1. GW notes in his diary for this date that he sent the flour to Newton “by the sloop Tryal Peter Kirwin [Kerwin]” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:336). The final entry in GW’s account with Newton, and the only one after this date, is the receipt on 4 May 1787 of “a Bill upon Mr Colin McIver of Alexanda for [£]70.0.0” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 85). See also GW to Newton, 19 Aug. 1786, 11 Feb. 1787.