George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Pettit, 8 January 1781

Philadelphia 8th of January 1781


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s letter of the 3d instant, including a memorandum of Sundry Small articles which I hope to get ready in time to go herewith [by] the Post.

Pursuant to Your Excellency’s directions respecting the [   ] arising from the Sale of the bills, I applied to the Board of Treasury in the month of February, for an order on the Loan Office of Virginia for the amount, informing them that I had such a Sum to depo[sit] in that Office, which, on the receipt of Such order, I could appropri[ate] to the use of the public here. I took this method as well because I thought it the most Safe and expeditious way of negotiating business, as because I knew the Board at that time wanted to draw money from Virginia. I did not, however, obtain the order till about the last of March or beginning of April, [   ] I transmitted it to Williamsburg, and the certificates, as direc[ted] were taken out some time in April and forwarded to Mr Lu[nd] Washington. I endeavoured to get them dated as of the time the money was ready here, but could not obtain them of as earlier date them the time of taking them out of the Office.

I have made as much enquiry as time & circumstances would permit for a suitable person as a steward to Your Excellency’s Family; but hitherto with little prospect of success. I shall, however, continue to make diligent [enquiry &] do myself the honor to inform you of the result; but I cann[ot] at present entertain very flattering hopes; So many peoples th[is] way have been called to public employments in the various de[part]ments, that almost every one looks above the station for wha[t] he is qualified. The best chances of success seems to be among the unfortunate refugees from the States invaded by the Eni[my.] I have the honr to be with perfect respect Your Excellency’s most obedient hum. Servt

Cha. Pettit

P.S. Since writing the within, I am informed by Mr Story, late paymaster to the Quarter Master’s department, that a person who was lately Steward to the Hospital department at Albany would be likely to suit your Excellency as Steward to your Camp Family. Mr Story will be at Camp in a few days and will give farther information on the Subject.

The articles mentioned in the inclosed list with go herewith by post.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


c.8 January 1781

Articles Purchased for His Excellency Genl Washington

2 Skeins of white silk 0. 3. 0
3 ditto of buff do 6.
4 Sticks of best buff Twist 8. 8
1/2 lb. whited brown thread 12.
2 pocket almanacs 3.
1 large do .10
6 tooth brushes 10. 6
£ 2 . 4. 0
Cash recd 1 Guinea 1. 15.

The skeins being small, there are three buff though the order was but for two. The order did not mention whether the almanacs were for the pocket or not, therefore there is a large one added.

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