George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Clement Biddle, 11 April 1799

From Clement Biddle

Philad. April 11 1799

Dear Sir

I have received $25.82 Interest for 1 April On your funded debt which is to your credit.1

Mr Latimer our Collector informed me there were four packages in the Custom house directed for you Which he would deliver to me as he knew I did your business—Capt. Ellwood being ready to sail I have put them on board his Vessel and you have the bill of Loading inclosed.2 I am with Great respect Dr Sir Your very hu. Serv.

Clement Biddle


1On 28 May 1797 GW authorized Biddle to receive the interest on his “certificates at the Treasury,” and a year later to the day he authorized Biddle to sell most of them. On 1 July 1798 GW noted in Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 19, that Biddle had received $25.82 as interest on “the remaing 6 & 3 prCent Stock.”

2For the likely contents of the “four packages,” see GW to Biddle, 21 April. See also Thomas Law to GW, c.25 April. George Latimer was collector of the customs at Philadelphia.

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