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From George Washington to William Pearce, 26 October 1796

Federal City 26th Oct. 1796

Mr Pearce,

Cyrus was obliged to come on to this place, in order to take the horses back, which Mr Frestal & Mr La Fayette rode, which is the cause of his delay.

Mrs Washington desires me to in form you that there was some Butter left in the Cellar, and some Beef in a Tub which (after supplying James) may be applied to any uses you think proper.

Let my Study be cleaned out, & the Room afterwards locked up. Do not miss the opportunity of getting our Baggage, & James, round by the first Vessel to Philada—taking a Bill of Lading for the several parcels, and sending it in a letter, that we may know when we get them All.

When your family quit the house they are now in, and you remove to the Mansion, let Sinah & the other girl join the Mansion house people & Mrs Washington may, afterwards, chuse either for a Washer woman.

Have the Earth removed from the stone quarry where I shewed you—that Mr Blagden may be able to examine it when he calls there.

Let all the Saddles and Bridles that I have left at home be cleaned & locked up—or they will be hacked about, injured, & perhaps lost.

The Mules for my Carriage—the two Colts from the Chariot Mares—& the one from the Augusta Mare must be well kept and attended to, till I come home. I shall write you more fully as soon as I get to Philadelphia in the mean while I remain your friend &ca

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