From Tobias Lear
Philada March 15th 1797.
My dear Sir,
I have before me your respected favers of the 9th, 10th & 12th inst. which have been received in due course. The directions contained in these several letters shall be duly attended to & the articles therein mentioned, forwarded.
We have been fortunate in getting the things on board the Vessel without any injury and they are well stowed. A few more are to go down this morning (if rain should not prevent) which will complete her lading, and tomorrow, if wind & weather permit, she will probably sail. There will still remain a few articles which cannot be put on board this Vessel; but will be sent by another which will sail early next week.
The House is now preparing for the President, and he proposes to come in on Monday next, when I presume everything will be in as good order as it can be put.
The furniture of the Green Drawing Room & other Articles sold at Auction went off very low indeed. The numbers attending the Auction was considerable; but they were disappointed in an expectation which they had formed that the Painting, P⟨r⟩ints &c. were to have been sold.1 The Lustres—Stoves & other fixtures in the House will be taken by the President at cost or a fair valuation. There is nothing to be sold of the public furniture.
It is my intention to tarry in this place through the present week, in which time I trust that everything respecting the House, furniture &c. will be settled & closed—when I shall go on to the Potomac & take on with me all the accounts &c. belonging to you.
We are all well here, and Mr Dandridge unites in offering his best respects to all at Mt Vernon with—my dear Sir, Your respectful & affectionate friend & Servt
1. In DLC:GW at the end of February 1797 there are several undated lists in GW’s hand. One contains “Articles in the Green drawing Room which will be sold” and “Articles in the above room which may be purchased although the sale of them is not desired.”