George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Mitchell, 19 September 1782

Philada 19th Septr 1782

Dear Sir

I had the honor of writing you the 2d Ultimo, informing Your Excellency of my having purchased and forwarded the White & Red Lead to Lund Washington Esqr. I have since received a letter from Mr Niell of Baltimore that he had received them safe, and wou’d send them on to Alexandria Immediately; the Passage down the Bay was not perfectly safe, as some Refugee Boats had taken several small Craft.

when I wrote last I expected to be able to Pass the State money at three for one, but have not been offered more than four for one, therefore have not disposed of it.

I have the honor to Inclose your Excellency a State of your Account—I beg leave to assure you that I shall have great pleasure in every opportunity of executing your commands, and will allways do it with that attention which my sincere & respectfull atachment to your Excellency demands.

Hope we shall have the pleasure of seeing Mrs Washington here this Winter, we flatter ourselves You will honor this City with your presence for a part of the Winter Season.

The unfortunate loss of the Frigate L’Eagle Count de la Touch must have reached Your Excellency in this the money is safe, but the Capt. & crew prisoners of War to the British, he is expected on his Parole to day or Tomorrow, it is expected the British have distory’d the L’Eagle; they tried to get her off, but from the accounts given by the Pillots it was not practable.

The Ideas of peace seem to revive a little, but fear it is at some distance.

Mrs Mitchell Joins me in most respectfull Compliments & best wishes for your health and preservation—I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt and most huml Servt

Jno. Mitchell

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


c.19 September 1782

His Excellency General Washington in accot with John Mitchell

To Cash paid for mending your Excellencys Watch £0:15:0
To Ditto for a Loaf of Sugar for Mrs Washington 1
To Ditto for two pounds Green Tea 3.10
To Ditto for repairing Mr Mathews’ Harness wch was
borrow’d for Mrs Washington to go to Camp in
1779 & not returned for many months 2.18:9
To amount of two Tierces Oil 24:19
To Freight of Ditto 1.10
To amount of 200 White & 100 lead grod in oil 47.10
To Freight of Ditto 14
By amount of your Old Carriage received from
Mr Bringhurst 27:10:
Ballance due John Mitchell £55: 6:9

Note I have £27:10 State money wch will not pass for more than four for one.

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