From George Washington
Mount Vernon 21st Aug 1797
My dear Sir,
Not for any intrinsic value the thing possesses, but as a token of my sincere regard and friendship for you, and as a remembrancer of me; I pray you to accept a Wine cooler for four bottles, which Coll. Biddle1 is directed to forward from Philadelphia (where with other articles it was left) together with this letter, to your address.
It is one of four, which I imported in the early part of my late Administration of the Government; two only of which were ever used.
I pray you to present my best wishes, in which Mrs. Washington joins me, to Mrs. Hamilton & the family; and that you would be persuaded, that with every sentiment of the highest regard, I remain your sincere friend, and affectionate Hble Servant
Alexr Hamilton Esqr.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Clement Biddle, a Philadelphia merchant, had served with the rank of colonel in the Continental Army. During the war he was both aide-de-camp to Nathanael Greene and commissary general of forage. From 1789 to 1793 he was United States marshal of Pennsylvania.
On August 21, 1797, Washington wrote to Biddle: “The large Plated wine cooler … I pray you to have carefully packed up and sent with the letter enclosed by a safe conveyance to Colo. Hamilton of New York” (LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).