George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Hercules Mulligan, 6 February 1792

Tobias Lear to Hercules Mulligan

Philadelphia, 6 Feb. 1792. “The President is desirous of getting some black mole skin, like that of which you made him a pair of breeches when he was in New York—and not being able to procure any in this City he has directed me to request, if there is any in N. York, that you will be so good as to get and send to him as much as will three pair breeches; the amount of which shall be remitted to you as soon as it gets to him, and the price is known.”1


Hercules Mulligan was a tailor in New York City as early as 1768, when he advertised the sale of locally manufactured cloth (see Gottesman, Arts and Crafts in New York, 1726–1776, description begins Rita Susswein Gottesman. The Arts and Crafts in New York: Advertisements and News Items from New York City Newspapers. 3 vols. New York, 1938-65. In Collections of the New-York Historical Society, vols. 69, 81–82. description ends 2:269). In 1792 his shop was located at 3 Vesey Street (see New York City Directory, description begins William Duncan. The New-York Directory, and Register, for the Year 1792. New York, 1792. description ends 1792, 109).

1Lear wrote again to Mulligan on 19 Mar. 1792: “Agreeably to my letter of friday last, I now enclose you forty dollars in bank notes of the Bank of the United States. This is one dollar and ⅓ of a dollar more than the 7½ yards of mole skin will come to at 5¼ doll. per yd but it was the nearest I could make the sum in Bank Notes—You may therefore add as much to the quantity of mole skin as will make up for this surplus. If this mole-skin is made up into as small a bundle as it can be, and put into the Post-Office, it will reach us with safety—Let it be directed to the President—and be so good as to send the Bill with it” (DLC:GW).

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