George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Augustine Spotswood, 28 August 1792

From John Augustine Spotswood

Philiadelphia August the 28. 1792

Dear Sir

I arrived in this City the 16th of this month, and Delivered your favor to Mr Morris; Who Informed me it would be Some time before the arrival of Capt. Truxton. I have until then Engaged to Sail in Mr Crammond’s Employ, Which will Commence in the Course of Next month, At the Arrival of his Ships.1 There is no doubt but you think I have Slited your friendship, in not Writing you before this; but as I felt myself Much Indisposed at my Arrival here, I hope You will pardon me. My Love to Mrss Washington and the family; I am Dear Sir with Every Sense of Gratitude, yours

John A. Spotswood


1GW’s letter to Robert Morris of 23 July 1792, which Spotswood delivered to Morris, concerned Spotswood’s desire for a maritime position with Capt. Thomas Truxtun in the China and East Indies trade or, in the event of Truxtun’s long absence, a temporary position on one of Morris’s ships in the West Indies trade. Spotswood achieved neither position but instead apparently found employment with either James or William Crammond (Cramond), two Philadelphia brothers who engaged in trade with Great Britain (see Alexander Spotswood to GW, 27 Aug. 1793). For a history of John A. Spotswood’s search for maritime employment, see Alexander Spotswood to GW, 4 Dec. 1791, n.1, and GW to Alexander Spotswood, 7 Feb. 1792, n.2, and 6 May 1792.

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