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To George Washington from John Mitchell, 4 April 1780

From John Mitchell

Philada 4th April 1780

Dear Sir

Your ⟨Excellen⟩cys favor of the 30th Ultimo was handed me on Saturday Evening.1 on Monday Morning I got Mr Meridith (Ginl Dickinson was not in Town)2 and several other Gentlemen to go to look at the Chariot who all agreed it was good Work & neatly finished in the present Teaste the Wood has been well seasoned, the only Objection apears to be the size wch is 3 feet 4 Inches high from the Seat to the top, and 3 feet 6 Inches wide in the inside if those dementions will do, the Carriage will I believe please you, the Cloth is not a good second, but looks pretty well.

This day I went to Germanton & have prevailed on Mr Bringhurst to let you have a Chariot he has in hand—it apears to be good Work & well seasoned timber, the Size is 3 feet 6½ Inches high and 3 feet 10 Inches wide—& will have a very good Second Cloth or better if to be got this will be ready in Six Weeks, the former in Ten days, the price the same, Mr Ceaner3 is the Maker of the first, Mr Barret4 Paints both both men want their money as soon as possible.

If your Excellency will determine which and let me know, I will see it finished in the best Manner—and will pay them part of the money Immediately, & send a carefull person to your seat in Virginia if you think proper.

have sent you the Mop, two Stone Jars & a large Stone Jug, by a Waggon that sett off three days ago,5 I dericted them and some Boxes from Don Juan De Marillias6 to the care of Mr Jacob Wiess7 with orders to send them to Head Quarters Immediately hope the[y] will get safe, I can not get a Punch Bowl under 180 Dollars, & 50 Dollars for a Wash hand ⟨mutilated⟩ Bason if you aprove of those prices they shall be sent Immediately—The Chamber Pott goes by the Bearer, who will return with your answer. I have the Honor to be with great respect Your Excellencys Most Obedt hume Servt

Jno. Mitchell D.Q.M. Gl

ALS, DLC:GW. GW received this letter late at night on 7 April (see GW to Mitchell, 8 April).

1That Saturday was 1 April.

2Mitchell probably asked Philadelphia merchant Samuel Meredith to evaluate the chariot (carriage) for GW’s potential purchase after discovering that New Jersey militia officer Philemon Dickinson was unavailable (see Mitchell to GW, 25 March, and GW to Mitchell, 30 March, postscript; see also n.3 below).

3Michael Caner was active as a coachmaker in Philadelphia into the early nineteenth century. In The Pennsylvania Evening Post (Philadelphia) for 22 April 1777, Caner identified himself as “coachmaker in Third-street, near Spruce-street.”

4The coach painter named “Mr Barret” has not been identified.

7Jacob Weiss, presumably then at Morristown, served as a deputy quartermaster general (see Weiss to Nathanael Greene, 14 Nov. 1779, in Greene Papers description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends , 5:71–72). Congress denied his request after the war for extra pay as compensation for appointments “to take the charge of receiving and delivering the Quarter Master’s stores in Camp” and to issue “cloathing to many persons employed in the quarter master’s Department” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 26:238).

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