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To George Washington from Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., 27 July 1795

From Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.

Williamsburgh [Va.] 27. July 1795.

Dear Sir,

In the afternoon of the day after your departure from Philada I went on board the vessel bound for Alexandria & did not reach the chesapeake ’till Saturday last & landed at Hampton yesterday morning.1 Owing to calms & head winds the passage was unusually long. On my arrival at Hampton I determined, as you thought it best, to visit my friends in New Kent in my way to Mount Vernon, & am accordingly thus far on my journey & mean to proceed immediately. As it was not fixed that I shou’d take this rout, I did not ask you how long you could conveniently permit my absence; & must therefore request you to inform me by a line to be left at New Kent Court House, which will be punctually attended to. Inclosed I send a list of Articles which are on board the vessel I came in & which the Captain (Gardiner) has promised to land at Mt Vernon.2 I also enclose a letter for my brother at Geo: town, which I ask the favor of you to forward to him.3 Be pleased to present me affectionately to my Aunt & be assured that with the truest respect & attachment, I am Dr Sir Your obt Servt

Bw Dandridge


1GW departed from Philadelphia on Wednesday, 15 July (see Diaries, description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends 6:204).

2At the end of his letter, Dandridge included a “List of Articles on board the Sloop Nancy, Captain [Thomas] Gardiner. 4 Trunks. 1 Ditto—of B.Ds. 1 Keg. 1 Guitar 1 bundle. 3 boxes. 1 Small table. 1 Work frame. 1 Saddle & bridle. B.D. 1 Fishing rod—B.D.” Dandridge added, “N.B. The freight is paid.”

3This letter has not been identified. Dandridge had three brothers.

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