New Rochelle 6th Octor 1783
I am exceedingly sorry to find by your favor of 14th Ulto which I received this day that Capt. Paul has landed Your two pipes of Wine at Baltimore instead of delivering them at your House agreable to his bill Lading and cannot account for his conduct.
from the respect that all America have for Your Excellency I flatter myself that these Wines will receive no injury in their passage to your House. it was customary formerly to have Wines of a superior quality cased on transpertation that is inclosed in Caskes made of slight Stuff or common deal boards which cost if I recollect right but Ten or twelve shillings each and this I would recommend your ordering to be done with these if it is not too late but if they are already forwarded and any adulteration has happened I will very readily take them off your hands and write Messr Searle & Co. to send you two other pipes in lieu of them.
A few days after the date of my last letter I was informed that Mr Parker was ready to pay for the two former pipes, but I did not send for it as I had wrote you to pay it to the President of Congress. I shall now send to him for it the first convenient opperty. I have the Honer to be with perfect Esteem and regard Your Excellencys most Obedient Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.