George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Hodgson, 24 October 1797

From William Hodgson

Alexandria Oct. 24 1797


Agreeably to your desire I subjoin the advances I charge on the different Goods, at the usual Credit of six Months, and for Cash.1 For the present I am deficient in Irish Linens & but a few pieces of the coarser Linens remain—the former however I am in daily Expectation of being supply’d with. With great Respect I am Sir Your mo. Ob. Servt

Wm Hodgson


William Hodgson (1765–1820) came from Whitehaven in England to Alexandria where he became a merchant in the mid–1780s.

1Hodgson’s charges were:

Negro Clothing

Cash advce 87½ per Ct—Advce on 6 Mos 100 per Cent.

Fine Goods

Cash advce 76 per Ct—Do   Do 87½ per Ct

Payments made in two Months from purchase considerd as Cash. W.H.

GW subsequently made further inquiries about Alexandria merchants who might best supply him with needed goods. See for instance William Herbert to GW, 18 Jan. 1798; see also GW to Clement Biddle, 10, 29 Jan. 1798.

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