George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Frederick Frelinghuysen, 26 March 1794

From Frederick Frelinghuysen

[Philadelphia] Wednesday Morning 26. Mar. 1794


After repeated disappointments, a Barrel with the heavy Oats has at length arrived, containing 3½ bushels.1 It is at Mr Pearson Hunt’s Store, in Water-Street, near Market Street, where it will be delivered to your order.2 I am, Sir, Your most obedient Servant

Fred: Frelinghuysen.


Frederick Frelinghuysen (1753–1804), a native of Somerset County, N.J., graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in 1770 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1774. He served in the state militia and the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War and in the New Jersey assembly, 1784 and 1800–1804. He represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, 1793–96.

1In a letter to William Pearce of 12 Jan., GW indicated that he would need 340 bushels of oat seed for his fields at Mount Vernon. On 19 May, GW paid Frelinghuysen $2 for a barrel of “Seed Oats bo’t for the President by him” (Household Accounts description begins Presidential Household Accounts, 1793–97. Manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. description ends ).

2Pearson Hunt (d. 1829) was located at 9 South Wharves and 7 South Front Street according to the Philadelphia Directory 1794 description begins James Hardie. The Philadelphia Directory and Register . . .. Philadelphia, 1794. description ends , 74. He later moved to Trenton, N.J., where he became the first cashier of the Trenton Banking Company in 1805.

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