From Daniel Grant
Baltimore [Md.] Jany 24th 1790
By tomorrow’s Stage I have forwarded 4 pr white Back Ducks In a Box directed to the President of the United States. Hopeing they will arrive safe and in good Order as they are Intended for Mrs Washington. from the great Scarceity of those ducks this Season I have been deprived of the pleasure of Sending any before. those that I have Sent are the best I Could procure. as they are a fine Bird and Such they Have not to the North of this I hope they will be acceptable. that Prosperity may Attend you Sir and Lady Washington in all Your Undertakeings is the Sincere Wish of Your Humble Servant
Innkeeper Daniel Grant (1733–1816) moved from Philadelphia to Baltimore, became proprietor of the popular Fountain Inn on Market Street in 1773, and served as host to the Washingtons on numerous occasions, both before and after moving his hostelry to Light Lane in 1782 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:327, 419, 5:153; Andrews, Fountain Inn Diary, description begins Matthew Page Andrews. The Fountain Inn Diary. New York, 1948. description ends 14–27, 60–61).