George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Thornton, 5–6 June 1799

From William Thornton

City of Washington June 5[–6]th 1799

Dear Sir—

According to the Desire you signified of knowing how soon Mr Blagdin would require a further Advance of Money, I requested him, the Day after your Departure, to state the Sum and time. He told me that he should shortly have to remit Money to Mr Littleton Dennis, on the Eastern Shore, for Materials, & should want a thousand Dollars by the 15th Instant. I told him that such rapid payments were neither generally expected nor demanded, and that although I knew you would answer his call for money at any time, yet I thought it might appear urgent to make an Application so soon, and desired him to reconsider his Wants. I proposed a thousand Dollars on the first of next month—to which he agreed, and would so arrange his Engagements as to be put to no Inconvenience.1 With the most respectful Complimts of my Family to your excellent Lady I am dear Sir your sincere & obedt Friend

William Thornton

P.S. June 6th—This morning I had the honor of your Favour of the 4th Inst: with its enclosures, which I shall not fail to deliver to Mr Blagdin, as soon as the Board rises, with a request that he will preserve, as much as possible, the surplus of the Glass.


1GW spent the weekend in Georgetown and Washington, staying with the Thomas Peters on Friday night, 31 May, and with the Thomas Laws on Saturday. He attended church in Alexandria on Sunday before returning home (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:350). GW wrote Thornton on 16 June that he would send the money for the builder George Blagdin by 1 July. GW noted in his Day Book on 2 July that he had drawn a check for $1,000 payable to Thornton “for the purpose of carrying on my buildings in the City of Washington.”

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