From Richard Harrison
Cork [Ireland] 10 July, 1786.
Passing through Madrid some time since Mr Carmichael encharged me with two Toledo Blades for your Excelly which I hoped for the pleasure of delivering in person. But the period of my return to America being yet uncertain, I now commit them with this to the care of Capt. Sullivan of the Union, bound to Alexandria.1 Wishing them safe, I have the honor to remain, with the most perfect respect, Sir, Your most obt & humble Servant
Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.
Richard Harrison was a partner in the Alexandria firm of Harrison & Hooe.
1. Capt. Giles Sullivan of the ship Union dined at Mount Vernon on Sunday, 26 Nov. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:71). GW wrote Harrison about the swords on 20 Nov. 1786. It was William Carmichael, the United States agent in Madrid, with whom GW mainly dealt in 1784 when he was seeking to acquire a Spanish jackass (see especially Carmichael to GW, 3 Dec. 1784, n.1).