George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Blair McClenachan, 3 June 1780

Philada June 3d 1780


Upon unloading the Ship Commerce a Prize lately Captured & sent into this Port by the Privateers, Holker of this place Sloop Hancock & Schooner Ranger of New London, We discovered a pipe of what is deemed fine Spirit by good Judges. Believing the owners of the other Privateers are equally sensible of your important Services, with ourselves We take the liberty on behalf of the whole to pray your acceptance of this pipe of Spirit, as a small token of the high Sense they entertain of your Excellency & a mark of that gratefull regard they in Common with the Citizens of United America entertain for you.

We shall apply to the Commissary to give this pipe a passage to Camp presuming on your doing us the Honour of a favourable complyance with our request. On behalf of our Brother Owners & ourselves We Remain Your Excellencys Most Obedient & very hble Servants

Blair McClenachan

Robt Morris


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