New York Octr 20th 1783
This Day I have dine’d with Sir Guy Carleton, and he has repeated to me his Intentions of leaving this City in all next month. the Transports that are Necessary for this Purpose will (he Supposes) be here before the 10th proxo, and as every Preparation is made that can be, previous to the Arrival of the Ships, but little Time will be Necessary to Embark the Troops. from his Conversation I have no doubt. but they will be all on Ship board by the 25th Novemr—from Several Circumstances, I have some reason to Suppose that Sir Guy Expects Information by the next Packet of his being appointed Embassader from Great Britain to the United States, and that Mr Morgan will return as Secretary to the Embassy.
Some of the Principal Characters here, who Intend leaving the place, are very Tardy in their Preparations, which in the Course of Conversation I Observ’d to Sir Guy. who Answer’d that he had given them Ample Time for that Purpose; and, no delay could take place on that Account.
Mr Francis has not yet been able to procure a Cook, the Man that had promised him; and of whom I spake to your Excellency is not permitted to leave the Officer, with whom he was engaged, neither does he discover that Inclination at present, that he did; when he was first Applied to—Mr Francis promises to use every means to pro[cure] a proper Person—but it is uncertain when it will be in his Power—Colo. Cobb has been inform[ed by] Mr Francis of the Difficulty in Procur’g one.
Enclosed your Excellency will find Mr Searle Receipt for £72 Sterlg—by the next Opportunity I shall forward the accounts. I have the honor to be, with the most perfect Respect your Excellencys Faithful & Obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
New York 18th October 1783
Received of Daniel Parker Esqr. the Sum of Seventy Two Pounds Sterling, being the Amount of Two Pipes of Wine shiped for His Excellency General Washington by Messrs John Searle & Co. of Madeira.
John Searle Junr