George Washington Papers

Enclosure: From John Ballendine, 24 January 1760


From John Ballendine

24th Janry 1760.


I shou’d have sent the overseer, as I wrote you but he was down the Country some time after Cxmas & he being the person that sent the Last Ton of Barr Iron intended for you down to the flatt I chose to waite until he came up & he being Examin’d abt the weight says that he sent it as it stood in the Iron house by the Team to the Landing imagining it was weigh’d before & so sent it of as it stood in a Corner of the Iron house wch has intirely been the Occasion of the great mistake & to Shew you that I knew nothing more than1 what I said to you I have taken the pains to have the said person Robt Grimmitt Sworn on the Occasion which I hope will Satisfie you that I did not intend a fraud & I hope you won’t think that I wou’d be Guilty of such a Crime & had no objection for the 2 Tons of Iron being weighe’d at the delivery, but you know what desperate weather it was, the undertaker being uneasy to go & you having nothing proper to weigh such a Quantity of Iron but a pair of Stilliards wch wou’d have taken up ⟨the⟩ whole day & as my rect mentions being in full for 2 Tons of Iron if you mistrusted the weight there cou’d be no doubt but what I was Answerable for any deficiency wch I am ready to Allow & send you as soon as I get an Oppty.2 I send you a Young Lad that Lives with me & in case You your Self have not seen the Iron weigh’d you may order it to be weighed before him for my Satisfaction, but this I don’t desire if you did it before & what ever is wanting to a pound shall be sent you to your order on demand. I am Sir Yr very humble Servant

John Ballendine

P.S. I have a rect from Derby Pendergrass for one Ton of Iron for you but on a further consideration I thought proper to send two Tons & by Grimmitts deposition you’l see how the Mistake arises—tho’ can’t think it’s so Large as you mention in yr Letter to—J. B⟨allendine⟩


1Ballendine clearly wrote “that” by mistake.

2For Robert Grimmitt’s deposition, see Ballendine to GW, 18 Nov. 1760, n.2.

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