Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from George Washington, [18 October 1788]

From George Washington

[Mount Vernon, October 18, 1788]

Dear Sir,

A day or two ago the enclosed letters came to my hands. The watch1 of Genl. Morgan you have for what it cost him,2 what he expects for it is also signified. It is a repeater with a chaced outer case with open work in parts. The Inner case is open, nearly in the whole. It is of an old fraction make, and appears to have seen better days; perhaps its chief merits lay in being a family piece, perhaps I am mistaken it may possess intrinsic merit unknown to me; for silent it came to my hands; and silent it shall depart; having made no attempt to wind it up.

If a safe and direct conveyance presents itself I will forward it without waiting your orders.3 If not, say what shall be done with it. With very great esteem and regard

I am dear Sir   Yr most Obedt. & Very Hble. Servant

Go. Washington

Mount Vernon }
October 18th. 1788

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1In MS, “wad.”

3The watch was forwarded to H on November 6 by the Comte de Moustier. See Washington to H, November 6, 1788.

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