To Hector St. John Crèvecoeur
Mount Vernon Augt 6th 1788.
The enclosed packet came under cover to me, yesterday; The Box which ought to have accompanied it is yet on Ship-board, in the lower part of this River. I have requested that it may be forwarded to me without delay. When it arrives I will send it to the Stage Office and desire that particular attention may be paid to it.1
Conceiving it to be best not to detain the letters for the arrival of the Box is the cause of your receivg this trouble, at this time; accompanied with assurances of the esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt and Most Hble Servant
ALS (photocopy), DLC: Crèvecoeur Papers.
1. GW wrote Crèvecoeur again on 14 Aug., saying: “Herewith is forwarded, the parcel referred to in my last. It came to my hands yesterday, and I hope will get safe to yours as it is particularly recommended to the care of the Post master in Alexandria” (ALS, DLC: Crèvecoeur Papers). The packet of letters and the parcel from Lafayette, directed to Crèvecoeur and intended for Brissot de Warville, apparently came to GW via James Swan through Christopher Gadsden. See GW to Christopher Gadsden and to James Swan, both 18 August.