George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Carlyle, 14 July 1758

From John Carlyle

Alexa. July 14th 1758

Dr Sir

This Serves Chiefly to Inform you that I reced the favr of yours the Day before you marched for Which I am Much Obliged,1 & Also to Inclose you A Letter from Mr Richd Washington the things Shipd by him for You ⅌ Capt. Merrie2 is in our Warehouse Safe As your own house is Now Uncover’d We Shall keep them for Sum Time, Yr People Shall want No Assistance in our Power. I Intend to be At the Election In Frederick & may depend on Every thing In My Power, We Are told the Two Rd Lee’s are gone for Westmoreland, Frans Lee & Thompn Mayson for Stafford3—The Ladys here Joyn Mr Dalton & Self4 In Wishes for Yr health & Safe return & believe me to be Dr Sir Yr obliged Hble Sert

John Carlyle


1GW’s letter of 23 June from Winchester has not been found.

2Richard Washington’s letter has not been found. Capt. Robert Merrie in the ship Raby posted bond in London on 4 Mar. 1758 and entered the port at Norfolk on 19 July 1758 from London and Alexandria. Carlyle explained on 25 July that what he had for GW “seemed to be Chairs & a Small box,” items perhaps omitted from Richard Washington’s shipment of 10 Nov. 1757.

3Richard Lee (1726–1795), of Lee Hall, known as Squire Lee, and Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794), of Chantilly, were elected to the House of Burgesses for Westmoreland County; Thomas Ludwell Lee (1730–1778), of Belleview, Stafford County, and Thomson Mason (1733–1785), of Raspberry Plain, Loudoun County, were elected for Stafford County. Francis Lightfoot Lee was elected for Loudoun. Richard Lee, who was first elected in 1754, and Richard Henry Lee continued to represent Westmoreland until the Revolution. Carlyle did attend the election in Frederick County on 24 July.

4John Dalton (d. 1777) was Carlyle’s business partner in Alexandria. The two were leading merchants of the place.

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