George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Ramsay, 3 September 1757

From William Ramsay

Williamsburg Septr 3d 1757

Dr Sir

Yesterday my proposals were agreed to by the Govenr.1 This Day I set out for Hampton in Order to purchase some Salt. I hope to be at home in about 8 days, after a short stay I intend my self the pleasure of waiting on you, when your advice &c. will be kindly taken & added to your other favors. The Flour you mention’d shall bake. No News this way.

If in any respect I can serve Colo. Washington I shall with the greatest pleasure & am with real Esteem his obliged and very H. Servant

Wm Ramsay


1John Kirkpatrick reported on 17 Sept. that William Ramsay had recently returned to Alexandria from Williamsburg with news that he had secured a contract to supply provisions to the Virginia forces in Hampshire and Frederick counties, a decided turnabout in Ramsay’s fortunes (see Ramsay to GW, 30 July 1757). Dinwiddie wrote Andrew Lewis, 19 Sept. 1757, that he had “agreed for supply of the forces at Winchester &ca but have no Proposal as yet for Augusta” (ViHi: Dinwiddie Papers). For the text of the contract between Ramsay and Dinwiddie, see Articles of Agreement, 21 Oct. 1757, printed as an enclosure in Dinwiddie to GW, 24 Oct. 1757.

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