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I am informed that a Ship with Palatines is gone up to Baltimore, among whom are a number of Tradesmen. I am a good deal in want of a House Joiner & Bricklayer, (who really understand their profession) & you would do me a favor by purchasing one of each, for me. I would not confine you to Palatines. If they are good workmen, they may be of Assia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans,...
I came to this place to day, tomorrow (wind permitting) I shall cross the Bay on my way to Philadelphia—Hearing that a Ship with Servants is gone up to Baltimore, and fearing from your answer to my letter (written some time ago from Mount Vernon) that I had not sufficiently explained my meaning I beg leave to inform you that tho’ I should have preferred German Servants, yet I did not mean to...
As I am not yet supplied with such Tradesmen as I formerly wrote to you to purchase for me, & the Baltimore paper swarms with advertisements of them, I should be obliged to you, if upon enquiry there is to be found a good joiner and Bricklayer, or either of them, who are tolerable in appearance & character, that you would be so good as to purchase & send him or them to me at this place, with...
A nephew of mine, Brother to the young Gentleman who studied Law under Mr Wilson, is inclined to enter into a Mercantile walk of life, & his Father is desirous he should do so. He has just compleated a regular Education—is about twenty years of age—Sober & serious—sensible, and I am told, remarkably prudent & assiduous in the comple[tion] of whatever he takes in hand. This is the character he...
Your favor by Captn Bradstreet came to hand too late in the Afternoon of yesterday to send up for the Carpenter. The bearer now comes for him. Be so good as to let me know the amount of the expences you may have been at, on his acct, and I will thankfully repay them at meeting, or before, if an oppertunity presents. With sincere esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt ALS , owned...
The House Joiner you bought for me has arrived. I like his age, professions, and appearance very well and am obliged to you for procuring him. His Indentures may be sent at any time. As the Season for working in Mortar will soon be over, and that of intermittants is now approaching, I pray you unless a very good Bricklayer should offer, not to purchase one for me after the 15th of this month....
I shall essay the finishing of my Green Ho. this fall; but find that neither my own knowledge, or that of any person abt me, is competent to the business. Shall I, for this reason, ask the favor of you to give me a short detail of the internal construction of the Green House at Mrs Carrolls? I am perswaded now, that I planned mine upon too contracted a Scale—My House is (of Brick) 40 feet by...
The last Post brought me your letter of the 14th, inclosing one of the 30th of April from Mr Hollyday. As soon as it is in my power to refresh my memory by having recurrance to my Papers, I will write you, or Mr Hollyday, more fully on the subject of the legacy in Colo. Colvils Will to Miss Anderson; or person under whom she claims; for, strange as it may seem, it is nevertheless true, that I...
As your letter of the 30th Ulto did not reach me until late this afternoon, and the Post goes from Alexaa at 4 Oclock in the morning, I have scarcely a moment (being also in company) to write you a reply. I was not sufficiently explicit in my last. The terms upon which Mr Falconer came to this Country are too high for my finances—and (to you, my dear Sir, I will add) numerous expences. I do...
By Mr Go[u]v’r Morris I send you two Guineas and an half, which is about the cost of the plank you were so obliging as to send me by the Baltimore Packet. Please to accept my thanks for your attention to that matter, and the assurances of the sincere esteem and regard with which. I am, Dear Sir, Y’r Most Obed’t and Affect’d Hble. Serv’t, Printed in John Heise catalog no. 3, item 164, 1968....
By Mr Gouverr Morris I sent you the amount of the cost of plank, which you were so obliging as to send me from Baltimore. The packet enclosed with this, for Mr Hilligas contains necessary & valuable papers for Mr Thos Smith, in a suit I have been obliged to commence in Washington County, State of Pennsylva., against sundry persons who taking adavantage of my absence & peculiar situation during...
The Baltimore Advertiser of the 12th Instt announces the arrival of a Ship at that Port, immediately from China—and by an advertisement in the same Paper, I perceive that the Cargo is to be sold by public vendue, on the first of Octr next. At what prices the enumerated Articles will sell—or the terms proposed—can only be known from the experiment; but if the quantity at Market is great, and...
Your favor of the 25th in answer to mine of the preceeding week, came safely. At the time I wrote that letter, I was uninformed of the circumstances which you have since made me acquainted with. However, you will be at no loss from the contents of it, to discern that it was Bargains I had in contemplation; and which, from the quantity of Goods at Market—Scarcity of Cash, according to Newspaper...
Mr Rawlins brought me your letter of the 31st Ulto, and I thank you for sending him. He is to furnish me with a design for my Room, and an estimate of the cost; after which I shall be better able to make an estimate of his conscience. When Mr O’Donnell has determined on his plan, I shall expect to hear from you. Enclosed is the Packet mentioned in my last for Mr Smith of Carlisle, wch I pray...
I had heard—with great concern—before your favor of the 13th Ulto came to hand, of your indisposition; and congratulate you very sincerely on your recovery. I shall be much obliged to you for causing the enclosed letter to be safely delivered to Mr Rawlins—who, when here, promised to furnish me in nine days, with a plan and estimate for my new Room; since which (near, or quite as many weeks) I...
Since my last I have been favoured with your letters of the 10th & 18th Instt. The last covering Mr Rawlins’s plan & estimate for my new room—for your exertions to obtain which, I thank you. The plan is plain, as I requested—but the estimate, I think, is large; however as I pretend not to be a competent judge of work, and know that we are always in the power of workmen, I will not decide...
Letter not found: to Tench Tilghman, 6 Dec. 1785. Tilghman wrote on 13 Dec : “I have been honored with both your letters of the 30h and 6h instant.”
Your favor of the 30th Ulto did not reach me until last night. Except it is by chance, letters by the Stage never get to my hands so quickly as they do by the Post; nor so safely, because I send regularly every post day to the Office in Alexandria, whilst those by the Stage getting into private hands await accidental conveyances from that place. I mention this circumstance as a reply might...
If you have reduced the agreement with Mr Rollins to writing, I should be glad to receive it, and the plan by wch the Work is to be executed, as soon as convenient. At any rate the latter, if I am to depend upon Mr Rollins for the execution; because my Joiners assure me, that if any thing is to be done in their way, to the doors or Windows, it must preceed the Stuccoing—& that the plan must be...
Mr Rawlins has this momt presented me with your favor of the 1st instt, enclosing a counterpart of the agreement with him; for your trouble in this business I pray you to accept my thanks. Your advances to him shall be reimbursed at any moment. It was with concern I learnt from him that you were much indisposed (tho’ he could not tell with what) when he left Baltimore. I hope the cause, ere...
The Chevr de la Luzerne, hearing me the other day enquire after Claret, informed me that he had a quantity of it at Baltimore—more than he wanted—& would spare me some. I am, in consequence, to have two or three Hhds of this Stock. I requested him to direct his Corrispondent at that place, to commit them to your care, on the Supposition that you are a Resident of Baltimore, and I have to beg...