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To George Washington from George Gilpin, 27 April 1797

From George Gilpin

Alexandria April 27th 1797

Dr Sir,

A Servant of yours a few days ago request’d to be inform’d if there was any Vessell at Alexandria bound for Philadelphia there was no Vessell then at this Town bound to Philadelphia, but Capt. Ellwood is now here his packet will Sail for that plaece in a few days.

I made enquiry for a joiner as you desired I found Several that would have taken some 5 and others 6/ day but on enquiry they had not a compleat Sett of tools and if employed must have been dependant on some person for them, I find that good men are hired here at 6 and 7/ and they find their board,1 I am Sir with great Esteem your most obedient, Hume Servt

George Gilpin


George Gilpin (1740–1813) was a merchant in Alexandria with whom GW had been closely associated in the 1780s as a fellow trustee of the Potowmack Company.

1For GW’s continuing search for a joiner, or carpenter, see GW to George Lewis, 9 April, Lewis to GW, 15 April, Landon Carter to GW, 18 May, and note 2 of that document, and Tobias Lear to GW, 31 May.

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