George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Carlyle, 8 August 1758

From John Carlyle

Alexr. Augt 8t. 1758

Dr Sir,

I Wrote You A few days Ago & Acquainted you that the Newgent Only Capt. Copethorn had gote Safe home, tho’ had damaged A little of his Tobacco (Yours I hope & Mine Are out of that Quantity) To the Above Letter I desire to be referr’d & Now I have Very little to Say more then that I wou’d not Lett an Oppertunity Slip, With out Giveing you the Trouble of A few lines to keep Up A Correspondence So Agreeable to Me.1

Yr house I am told this day is Cover’d In & beleive Everything their Goes on Well (as Col. Fairfax tells Me) You have the Only Good Crop In These parts In both Tobacco & Corn.

Tobacco Continues at 25/⅌Ct & If any Number of Ships Comes In Next Year I donot know What price it May Be.

We have No News here, Mr Dalton & All yr Acquaintanc⟨es⟩ Mrs Carlyle Amongst the first, Wish & Pray for Yr Safe ⟨mutilated⟩ As does Yr rely Affectionet & Obliged Humble Servant

John Carlyle

ALS, DLC:GW. The material in angle brackets was taken from Hamilton, Letters to Washington description begins Stanislaus Murray Hamilton, ed. Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers. 5 vols. Boston and New York, 1898–1902. description ends .

John Carlyle (1720–1780), the Alexandria merchant, handled some of GW’s personal business while GW served as colonel of the Virginia Regiment from 1755 through 1758.

1Carlyle’s letter is dated 4 August.

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