From John Carlyle
Alexa. Jany 8th 1760
We have Try’d your Stilliards at 56 112 & 168 & beleive them to be As True as Any Stilliards are, the fault Is not In the Stilliards Its where you Suspected it to be.1
Mr Dalton Spar’s you Sum butter; I Lett Coll Fairfax have half of mine Abt A Month Ago2 Mrs Carlyle Joyns In Compts to You the Ladys & family & am Yr Very Hble Sert
P.S. Yr Man brings the Wmburg papers.
1. There is an undated memorandum in DLC:GW headed “The Weaight of Iron had of Mr Jno. Ballendine.” It is the record of the weight of 144 bars of iron as they were weighed five bars at a time (once four bars). The memorandum is not in GW’s hand, but he wrote at the bottom: “3569—weight by Jno Foster[;] 3543—Do by the Gardenr[.] Two Tonns 4480 lbs. recd only 3556 deficient 924.” For GW’s controversy with John Ballendine over this short shipment of iron, see George Johnston to GW, this date, and John Ballendine to GW, 18 Nov. 1760, enclosing his letter to GW, dated 24 Jan. 1760, and the notes of these three letters.
2. GW wrote in his diary on this day: “Got a little Butter from Mr. [John] Dalton,” but he had already engaged a keg of butter from John or Thomas Kirkpatrick of Alexandria, which he got before the end of the month (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:217; Cash Accounts, January 1760).