From Bushrod Washington
Alexandria Jany 18th 1789
I was not at home when your Letter arrived yesterday, or Should then have thanked you, as I now sincerely do, for your kind offer1—previous to the rect of it, I had rented an office of Mr Watson,2 at the exorbitant price of £15. Your Stable I will put into repair & make use of until you may want it. I very readily accept your offer of Hay, as it is both difficult to procure it Here, and when got comes very dear. Wishing you health & happiness—I am with Love to my Aunt Dr Uncle Your very affect. Nephew
2. Mr. Watson is probably Josiah Watson, an Englishman who settled in Alexandria about 1773 and established Josiah Watson & Co., tobacco agents.