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From George Washington to William Pearce, 3 February 1794

To William Pearce

Philadelphia Feby 3d 1794

Mr Pearce,

The Post which ought (in course) to have arrived here On Saturday last, will not be in, it seems, until tomorrow. When it arrives, I shall (if anything requires immediate notice) by the Post of Wednesday write to you—If not, I shall delay doing it until the usual time—that is, on Sunday next.1

By the last Post I sent you a bank note for One hundred dollars, to pay Mr Dulany—I hope it got safe to hand.2 I now enclose you Mr Lewis’s draught on Mr Horatio Ross of Alexandria which when received place to my credit and advise me thereof that I may repay the amount here.3 I am Your friend &ca

Go: Washington

ALS, MWiW; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

1For the schedule of mail service between Alexandria, Va., and Philadelphia, see GW to Anthony Whitting, 2 Dec. 1792. The letter that GW expected on Saturday, 1 Feb., was Pearce’s letter to GW of 28 Jan., which has not been found. Apparently it did not require an immediate response, because GW waited until Sunday, 9 Feb., to reply.

2The bank note for Benjamin Tasker Dulany was enclosed in GW’s letter to Pearce of 26 January. Pearce acknowledged its receipt in his letter to GW of 4 February.

3According to the 5 March entry in GW’s Household Accounts description begins Presidential Household Accounts, 1793–97. Manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. description ends , $93.33 from the “President’s Accot.” was paid Howell Lewis “in full for a draft on mister Ross of Alexa. in favr of Wm Pearce, & recd by him.” Pearce acknowledged this instruction in a letter to GW of 11 February.

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