George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Ballendine, 18 April 1758

To John Ballendine

Mr John Ballendine.

Sir.Ft Loudoun, the 18th of April, 1758.

We are in great and immediate want of Iron, of the following dimensions; vizt

Two ton, of one-inch, square bars—

One ton, of three-inch broad, and half an inch thick, ditto. Be pleased, therefore, to send the whole, or part thereof to this place, without delay. Dispatch in this, will encourage me to contract with you for iron on future occasions.

Mr Smith has written to you for iron once or twice, before, and received none:1 Pray write me word how far we may depend on you now? I entreat, that you will not disappoint us. I am Sir, Your very hble Servant,



John Ballendine (d. 1782) was among other things an iron-maker with a furnace and forge on Occoquan Creek near Colchester. GW had further dealings with Ballendine after leaving the Virginia Regiment at the end of 1758 to return to Mount Vernon.

1Undoubtedly it was in his capacity as overseer of the construction of Fort Loudoun that Lt. Charles Smith ordered iron from Ballendine. See John St. Clair to Thomas Bullitt, 13 April 1758, n.3.

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