George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Wakelin Welch & Son, 5 March 1791

From Wakelin Welch & Son

London 5 March 1791

Prior to our being honored with your Excellency’s Letter of 22d Jany Messrs Fenwick Mason & Co. of Bourdeaux drew on us for £20.13.7 on your account which we immediately paid.1

We offered to repay Messrs Phyn & Co. the £60 but they say they knew nothing about it. should Gov. Morris draw on them they will call on us but do not chuse to receive it before. Therefore it may so happen, that Mr Morris might not draw on them but prefer receiving it from us in either case the money shall be forthcoming.2 And when paid your Excellencys Accot will be as under

Dr. Cr.  
To Mason & Co[’]s. By so much in hand
 Exchg £ 20.13.7 £ 4.16.
"  G. Morris order when "  Bill on Phyn & Co. 60.  
  called for 60.    "  Balance due us 16.14.
"  Postage & Negotiating
  £140 Bills 16.5
£ 81.10. £ 81.10.
Leaving Bal. in our favor Sixteen Pounds forteen shillings. Your Excellency’s Much Obliged Servt

Waken Welch & Son


1For GW’s letter to Wakelin Welch & Son of 22 Jan. 1791, see GW to Wakelin Welch & Son, 29 Nov. 1790, n.2. Fenwick, Mason, & Co. of Bordeaux supplied GW’s household with French wines. For GW’s most recent transactions with this firm, see Fenwick, Mason, & Co. to GW, 9 July 1790.

2In his letter of 22 Jan. 1791, GW had directed Wakelin Welch & Son to pay this money to Phyn, Ellices, & Ingles from whom, he explained, Gouverneur Morris had borrowed it to purchase articles for GW in London.

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