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Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 22 Feb. 1784. On 10 Mar. 1784 GW wrote to Biddle : “I have received the Lace & two-pole chain, accompanied by your favors of the 22d & 29th ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 29 Feb. 1784. On 10 Mar. 1784 GW wrote to Biddle : “I have received the Lace & two-pole chain, accompanied by your favors of the 22d & 29th ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 10 June 1784. On 30 June GW wrote to Biddle : “Your favor of the 10th Instt . . . is come safe to hand.”
I just met with a Sloop going immediately for Potowmack by which I have time to send the Two bags of Grass seed received from mr Boudinot which the Captain has promised to deliver if possible at Mount Vernon otherwise to mr Thompson at Colchester. The other kind of Grass seed I could not yet procure tho’ I have applied to every person in Town who collects those Articles & to several farmers. I...
I must appologise for not answering your esteemed favours of 1st & 2d Ulto (which reached me about a fourtnight ago) before this Time but hope you will excuse me when I enform you of the Occasion. A number of losses in Trade during & since the war had so much involved my Affairs that altho’ I had property in value equal to what I owed it was so much scatterd that I found myself under a...
By a Schooner Capt. McLean which saild last week for Alexandria I sent a barrel which I received from Mr Boudinot with Orchard Grass seed—it went to the Care of Colo. Hooe to whom I forwarded the Captains receipt—this was the first Conveyance I could hear of since it came to hand. I shall pay Mr Boudinots Account & send you the same with his receipt. Inclosed is your account Current previous...
Since my last I paid Mr Claypoole your account for Advertisements for which the receipt is enclosed—he again assures me the papers have been Constantly sent & their miscarriage must be owing to the post Office. I wrote to a Gentleman at New York to pay Mr Boudinots Account at Elizabeth Town. I hope the last Grass seed by Capt. McClean has come safe to hand. I could not procure any of the other...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 5 July. On 27 July 1785 GW wrote Biddle : “Your letter of the 5th. came duly to hand.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 8 August. GW wrote Biddle on 17 Aug. : “Your letter of the 8th came safely by last Post.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 29 Nov. 1785. GW wrote Biddle on 11 Dec. : “I have received your favor of the 29th Ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 19 Feb. 1786. GW wrote Biddle on 18 May : “Your favors of the 19th of Feby . . . [is] before me.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 16 Mar. 1786. On 18 May GW wrote Biddle : “Your favors of. . . 16th & 19th March, are before me.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 19 Mar. 1786. GW wrote Biddle on 18 May : “Your favors of. . . 16th & 19th March, are before me.”
I must appologize for my not acknowledgeing the receipt of your favour of 18 May Covering Certificates for 339 53/90 Dollars but I was daily in expectation of our Opportunity to send the Glass which I did not meet till last week by the Dolphin Captain Stewart by whom I sent it with the receipt enclosed under cover to the care of Colo[ne]l Hooe & since then I have waited for this Conveyance by...
I have before me your Esteemed favour of 31st Ulto—at present there is a Suspension of paying the Indents for Interest of Certificates in this State, owing to a misunderstanding between the Controller of our State and the Treasury Board. but it is supposed that it will before long be settled when I will draw the Indents for Interest on the Certificate of 339 53/90 D[ollar]s which you sent me...
The Box with the Curtains did not arrive till about twelve days ago when I put them into the hands of a Dyer who has finished them but was obliged to rip them as they could not be dyed and pressed without it—they are packed in the same box in which they Came together with 16 yards of the same kind of Stuff as near as I could make it & 3500 Brass nails—the box is Ship’d on board the Sloop Polly...
I have your Esteemed favour of 28th ulto. It is scarcely possible to get the Clover seed by the bushel from the farmers or Graziers who bring it to Market—those who are Accustomed to gathering it for sale having a Constant Market with the Retailers will give them a preference & in getting it from them you are sure of the best seed—it is just now coming in & the Retailers tell me they can...
I have before me your esteemed favour of 5th ultimo—It is necessary that the Certificate remaining here to draw Interest which will be pd every 6 months very near to the day it is due yet the Principal will only sell for 6/ in the Pound—Mr Haines has promised me fifty Bushels of the best Spring Barley for seed without any Engagements on your part for the Produce & I have also bespoke the Red...
I had engaged the Freight & was preparing to Ship the Articles you had ordered in the Sloop Dolphin Capn Steward (the first Vessel that had offered this Spring for Potowmack) when I received your favour of 11th inst., Mr Haines had Kept 50 bushels of Barley for me but could share no more —what I send is New England Summer Barley which is much the best. I should have applied to another Brewer...
I reced your favour of 14th in time to procure five Augers—they are made in the Country & I could not get a sixth at the Shops which sell them. they Cost 6/ is £1.10.0. to your Debit I have sent them by Capt. Steward by whom I shipped the Barley &c. & inserted them in the Bill of Loading which remained here—he Sails this Day for Alexandria & returns here immediately—I consulted the Iron...
By the Sloop Dolphin Capt. Steward who sailed last week for Alexandria I have shipp’d the scythes & Spinning wheels of which acct & bill of loading are inclosed the Scythe Maker could get only one of the Briar Scythes finished in time —I gave Capt. Steward the necessary Certificate of these articles being the Manufacture of this State to save the duties—very few vessels loading for the west...
On rect of your favour from the head of Elk I waited on Capt. Morris who informed me he had not recd your note respecting the Hounds but he has now wrote you fully on that subject as far as your Queries went in my Letter—if there is any thing omitted he begs you to inform him —Mr Haines from whom I had the seed Barley for you informs me that there has been most extraordinary great Crops of...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 15 Nov. 1787. On 3 Dec. GW wrote Biddle : “Your letters of the 23d of Septr & 15th of Novr came duly to hand.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 3 Feb. 1788. On 5 Mar. GW wrote Biddle : “In your letter of the 3d of February....”
I shipd the Grass seed and volume of Newspapers on bd the Sloop Charming Polly Capn Ellwood for Alexandria who was on the point of Sailing but a severe frost again closed our River and the Navigation is stopped, probably for some Days [to] Come but the Vessel will sail on the first opening—the Bill for the Seed is inclosed. Yesterday I recd from Thomas Smith Eq. one hundred ninety two pounds...
My last of 5 covered four hundred Dollars in Bank Post Notes which I hope Came safe to your Hands since whch I am favd with yo[ur]s of 3 & 5d—I have accordingly put on bd the sloop Polly Ellwd in addition to the Volume of Newspapers & 2 Casks Grass seed, 2 Spinning wheels & 1 Box of 12 Wool Cards—this Vessel has staid much longer than expectd but as she has at last sail’d this Day I hope she...
Your esteemed favour of 24 Inst. with 40 Ds. in Bank Notes Came to hand by last post. No other vessel has yet offered for Alexandria. Mr Peters having sent me two Letters & a small Box to forward and the Letters containing some Garden seed I have covered them by post & shall not fail to send the Box which Contains some Roots by first Conveyance I am &c. ADfS , ViMtvL : Clement Biddle Letter...
I expected from what Mr Dunlap had informed me that your papers had been forwarded you regularly since I wrote on that subject but on enquiry at the post office & finding they had not been sent (owing to some misunderstanding between the office & Printers) I have directed the papers to be brought to my Office & now put up in a Bundle with those of last month & shall inclose them in future by...
I have your favours of 4th & 11th Inst. before me unanswered—The Letter for Mr Smith I forwarded by a safe Conveyance to Carlisle—Genl Butler having just arrived in Town from New York I delivered that for him myself—the one for Mr Peters under Cover of the 11th I sent to him in the Country—No vessel having yet sailed for Port au Prince I have the Letter for Mr De Marbois but it will go some...
Letter not found: Clement Biddle to GW, 26 May 1788. On 20 July GW wrote Biddle : “Your favors of the 26th of May, 13th of June and 7th instt are before me.”
Letter not found: Clement Biddle to GW, 13 June 1788. On 20 July GW wrote Biddle : “Your favors of the 26th of May, 13th of June and 7th instt are before me.”
By Capt. Ellwood I shipped the Hoe plows or Harrows from Mr Peters for which the Bill of Loading is enclosed the Certificate to save Duties was given to Capt. Ellwood—I have waited some Days in hopes of geting the Bill from Mr Peters which I several times requested him to send & that it should be immediately paid but I imagine he has not been lately in Town except when much engaged. The...
I was favourd with yours of 20th and by the same post sent a ps. of velvet Ribbon to pattern 15 yards for 9/6—which I sent because it cost less in a store than 12 yds would do in a retale Shop. Capt. Ellwood is arrived but I have not seen him yet (as I shall do) about the wheel of the Plough and by him I shall ship the Articles orderd & then forward the Account Current—Altho’ we had plentiful...
By Capt. Ellwood who sails this day I have shipped the single & double refined Sugar, a Jug with two gallons of Spermaceti Lamp oil, two barrels containing six dozen of Porter, as Mr Hare advised leaving the remaining 18 dozen to be shipped next trip as it is now rather too brisk to ship and I shall send 1 Cwt of the plate Iron only for plow moulds as I have asked Mr Morris if he knew the kind...
By last post, I forwarded a Letter from Mrs Morris which Came with a pair of Stays. The stays I put in charge of Capt. Ellwood who promised great Care of them, inclosed is the Bill of loading of sundry Articles by said Captain of which a Certificate was delivered him to save the Duties. the Invoice & of Course the Account Current lays open for want of Mr Hare’s bill for the Porter which have...
Inclosed is your Account Currt (including the Goods ⅌ Cap. Ellwood) balance in my favour £5.3.8 —If you choose to have the barley please to inform me & I will procure it by Capt. Ellwoods return—the price is not yet ascertained —I have not yet disposed of the herrings but have the preference from two vessels intended for Hispaniola if they load any—they have been very low in that Island which...
I have before me your esteemed favour of 25th ulto—A Vessel had set up for Alexandria but meeting with little freight there will be no Opportunity til Capt. Ellwood returns by whom shall send another hundred Weight of plate Iron as the kind I sent must be what you wanted. I have discharged Mrs Morris’s Accot and her receipt thereon is inclosed & the amount to your Debit. From the enquiry I...
Since I wrote you respecting the Winter barley for seed I find Mr Morris has some at his farm where I can be supplied if Capt. Ellwood arrives in time —One Vessel put up for Alexandria but finding little freight altered her Voyage to James river therefore no Conveyance has Offered since your Order came to hand—The Wire work for the Wheat fans is ready for the first Vessel. The inclosed Letter...
I have to answer your favour of 16th Ulto. I had not Purchased the Winter Barley altho’ I had secured it in Case you had not provided it elsewhere—I have spared no Pains I have not been yet able to sell the Herrings & shad except a few Barrels by Retail but have the promise from two french Houses to take some for Hispaniola on the Course of this month & hope to get them off I expect to do this...
I am honored with yours of the 2d 6th & 13th Inst, the last of which this minute Came to hand, in which you mention having inclosed a Bank Note for 100Ds. but as no such Note was inclosed I conclude you must have omitted to put it in the Letter. if you have and any accident has happened as I presume it was a post Note (payable Certain Days after Date) it may [be] traced or Stopped at Bank if...
Herewith you have Invoice & Bill of Lading for sundries shipped for your Account by Capt. Ellwood who saild from here the 24th Inst, for Alexandria—he has a Certificate with him of the Porter [,] Potatoe Machine & Fan Riddle, Riddles being American Manufacture the other articles being foreign Must be entered for Duty —I could not meet with two pieces of fine Linen to please me but hope I may...
By Capt. Ingraham in the Brig Laurel I shipped you one hundred Weight of Sheet Iron for Plowmoulds of which the Bill is enclosed—I have searched every Store where I thought it likely to find two pieces of fine Irish Linen to answer to the Pattern you sent me they asked me 7/ for some not so fine and two pieces for Sale at the Venders stal are limited at 8/2 which I think are of Equal fineness...
I received your favour of 27 Ulto Just as the Schooner Rebekah Capt. Scott was sailing for Alexandria & procured a Barrel with 4 1/2 bushels of new Red Cloverseed which I shipped by sd vessel & the Bill amt £12.12.6 to your Debit is inclosed—It is warranted to be new seed & weighs about 68 lb. ⅌ Bushel which reduces it to about 10d. ⅌ lb. the new seed had but just began to Come in & the price...
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 27 Dec. 1788. GW wrote Biddle on 20 Jan. 1789 acknowledging Biddle’s letter “of the 27th Ulto.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 19 Jan. 1789. On 11 Feb. GW acknowledged Biddle’s letter “of the 19th Ultimo.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 1 Feb. 1789. On 11 Feb. GW wrote to Biddle : “I have now before me your letters of the 19th Ultimo & 1st Inst.”
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 16 Feb. 1789. On 15 Mar. GW wrote to Biddle : “I have now before me your letters of the 16th Ulto⟨.⟩
Letter not found: from Clement Biddle, 5 Mar. 1789. On 15 Mar. 1789 GW wrote to Biddle : “I have now before me your letters of the 16th Ulto ⟨&⟩ the 5th & 8th Inst.”
I had agreed with a Farmer for 100 Bs. Buckwheat to have been brot in, in time for the sailing of Capt. Carhart by whom I have sent a Bag with half a Bushel of Cocoa shells but the Farmer disappointed me in bringing it in, as I have been since told that he was offered 2/3 for the Buckwheat & I was to pay him 2/ for it I have sixteen Bags ready & will fill them the Cheapest rate I can to ship...
Yesterday I received your favour of 15th Inst. Mr Palmer took his directions from Mrs Washingtons Memorandum, but I will speak for the Goloshoes when the Clogs are returned with the New Directions. I have pd his Bill. As there is a Vessel goes this week for Alexandria I will get as much of the Buckwheat as I can onboard her & the whole in time to prevent Disappointment as there are several...