From William Hamilton
The Woodlands [Philadelphia County, Pa.]
17th March 1792
I will with great pleasure forward you on Monday whatever is in my power of the kinds of plants you desire & will prepare them in the best manner for the voyage.1
The time being short, I am uncertain at what time of the day they may be ready. You need not therefore send for them. I will have them deliver’d at your House in the course of it. With the most perfect respect & sincerest regard I am dear Sir Your most obedt humble servt
William Hamilton (1745–1813), a wealthy patron of the arts who lived at The Woodlands, a large, handsome estate on the Schuylkill River near Gray’s Ferry, imported and propagated a large variety of plants. GW, who had dined with Hamilton on several occasions during the spring and summer of 1787 at another one of Hamilton’s estates near Philadelphia, Bush Hill, along with his wife, Martha, visited Hamilton at The Woodlands on 19 May 1792 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:160, 165, 181, 238–39, 244; Decatur, Private Affairs of George Washington, description begins Stephen Decatur, Jr. Private Affairs of George Washington: From the Records and Accounts of Tobias Lear, Esquire, his Secretary. Boston, 1933. description ends 259).
1. An undated “List of Plants, from Mr Hamilton’s” probably accompanied the plants that Hamilton delivered to GW on Monday, 19 March: