George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Tilghman, Jr., 25 September 1773

To James Tilghman, Jr.

[25 September 1773]

Dear Sir

Scarce an hour ago, I wrote to you, making an offer of a Seat in my Phaeton; which I hope is unnecessary for me to repeat but if it be more convenient to you to go in a single Chair from Alexandria, than to come here this Evening, my Chair is at your Service, & brought up accordingly. I do not know that I can answer for the wheels. you will examine them, & judge for yourself. I am Yrs Sincerely

Go: Washington

P.S. I shall return on Saturday, or Sunday at furthest. In case of your going with me, you will want your Servant as we shall probably lodge in different Houses.1

ALS, NIC. The letter is docketed “G. Washington without date[.] Written 25. Sept. 1773.”

1GW does not indicate in his diaries that James Tilghman, Jr., who at this time was living in Alexandria, accompanied him the next morning when he left for Annapolis to attend the races. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:205–6, 208.

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