George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anthony Whitting, 29 May 1793

To Anthony Whitting

Philadelphia May 29th 1793.

Mr Whiting,

I have consented, in a letter written to Colo. Hooe this day, to accept his offer for all the fine and super-fine flour I have; and am to deliver that which is in my Mill, to him in Alexandria. The sooner therefore you set about it the better, as he is to have a certain number of days credit and may (though I do not know that he will) count these from the time of delivery, instead of my acceptance of his offer. Perhaps it might be well for you to see him immediately after this letter gets to your hand, and make arrangements with him for the mode & time of Delivery. The sooner this is done the better, as in his letter to me he mentions his intention of going to Loudoun soon.

I do not expect the thing, but if you could persuade him to receive the Flour either at the Mill—in the River opposite to it—or aid in getting it up, it wd be very desirable1 as Hay & Harvest will be on your hands & will press; but neither of these you can insist upon, as by the offer, and my acceptance of it, I am obliged to deliver the flour in Alexa.—and the sooner it is out of your hands the better. I remain your friend

Go: Washington

P.S. I have this moment purchased 400 weight of Clover Seed which will go round by a Vessel now up for Alexa.⟨—⟩but don’t let this prevent you from saving all you can yourself—for these purchases fall very heavy upon me.2


1GW made this same suggestion in his letter to Robert Townsend Hooe of 29 May.

2For GW’s purchase of 442 lbs. of clover seed on 10 June, see GW to Whitting, 5 May, and note 12. That same day he paid Capt. John Ellwood $12.38 for “freight of Sund[rie]s to Mt Vernon” (Household Accounts description begins Presidential Household Accounts, 1793–97. Manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. description ends ). On 14 June Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia) listed the Nancy, Ellwood’s ship, as clearing Philadelphia for Virginia. On 11 July the Virginia Gazette and Alexandria Advertiser noted the ship’s arrival in Alexandria.

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