George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Marsden Pintard, 15 August 1794

From John Marsden Pintard

Madeira [Portugal] 15th August 1794


Presuming that your Supply of Madeira May want Replenishing (It being nine months Since the last was Shiped to you)1 I have taken the liberty to put on board My Brig The Edward Capt. Thomas Linnell two pipes of choice old wine which I have addressed to my Freinds Messr Pettit and Bayard to be delivered to your order. herewith you have an Invoice of their cost with the freight Included which you will be pleased to order paid unto my Said Freinds Messr Petitt & Bayard2 I have the Honor to be with profound Respect Sir Your Most obedient and devoted Humble Servant

John M. Pintard


1For discussion of this previous shipment, see Pintard to GW, 20 Nov. 1793.

2The enclosed invoice charges £76 for "2 pipes of Old particular Madeira Wine" and £3.3 for "Freight at 7 Dollars per pipe"; a duplicate invoice indicates that the sums were reported in sterling (both invoices, DLC:GW). The brig Edward arrived at Philadelphia in late October, and on 4 Nov., GW’s accounts recorded the payment of $494.62 to Pettit & Bayard "for 2 pipes old Ma Wine Shipped by J.M. Pintard for the President’s use" (Household Accounts). The mercantile firm of Pettit & Bayard, located in 1794 at 9 S. Water St. in Philadelphia, was a partnership between Charles Pettit’s son Andrew Pettit (1762-1837) and Charles’s son-in-law Andrew Bayard (1762-1832), possibly including at this time Charles as well. Thomas Linnell apparently resided in Norfolk County, Virginia.

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