To James McAlpin
Mount Vernon 12th May 1799
Having heard nothing from you since my last request (now more than two Months ago) that you would complete, and send on my Uniform Suit so soon as the gold thread, which you informed me was expected in the Spring shipping, should have arrived; I give you the trouble of receiving this letter on the Subject: and to request that no unnecessary delay may prevent the accomplishment of it.1
Send the cloaths in such a Portmanteau as I described in my former letter, & by some Person (if you can) who may be coming through, to Alexandria; to be lodged at the Post Office, or Stage Office in that Town; with the Bill of cost &ca.2 I am Sir Your Hble Servant
2. See GW to McAlpin, 27 Jan. 1799. McAlpin responded from Philadelphia on 16 May: “Your two obliging favours of the 18th March and the 12th inst: I duly received. The Spring Ships not being arrived, I thought it unnecessary to trouble you with an answer to the first. I am much concerned, only to be able to repeat the same unpleasant story—but I beg leave to assure you, that so soon as they do arrive not an instant shall be lost in executing your commands. I feel myself too much indebted for past favours, to Neglect, for a moment, any thing that is in my power to perform—My inclination & Interest are equally concerned” (DLC:GW).