George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James McHenry, 1 September 1799

To James McHenry

Mount Vernon Sepr 1st 1799

Dear Sir,

I find, by looking over my files, that your favours of the 14th & 24th of August have never been acknowledged. I now do, the receipt of them.

I thank you, and through you, Governor Davie, for his “Instructions to be observed for the formations and movements of Cavalry” and would thank you to mention this to him, when you shall see him, which I presume must be soon.

I pray you to direct Mr Francis, the Purveyor—to furnish me with the cost of the equipment of Washington Custis, as a Cavalry Officer.1 I have had a small Sum in the Bank of Pennsylvania locked up,2 being affraid to touch it, lest there might not be enough for ⟨the payment⟩ & I should find difficulty in remitting the Bal[anc]e—I regret exceedingly the cause of your removal to Trenton and am—My dear Sir—with great esteem Your Affecte Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

1For the arrangements GW made with McHenry to have Tench Francis secure the military accoutrements that George Washington Parke Custis would need, see GW to McHenry, 7 June, n.1, and 14 July. See also McHenry to GW, 24 Aug., n.1.

2In his letter of 14 July 1799 to Samuel Mickle Fox, president of the Bank of Pennsylvania, GW arranged to have a small balance left in his account with the bank.

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