George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Milnor, 8 November 1774

From William Milnor

Philada 8th Novemr 1774

Honorable sir

by this days post I have enclosed a bill lading to Mr Addams for the goods on board of Capt. George Rowe he sailed from this place on fryday last,1 & perhap will Arrive nearly as soon as this, you will find every Article in the Barrel No. 5, except the Graplings, I blieve I have Omitted nothing, my Wife has not met with any more Cruels yet, but will as soons as possible fulfill the Compliment wanted,2 any Commands, Sir, I shall with pleasure, readily Obey, & beg leave at present to subscribe Your Most Obedt Humble Servt

Wm Milnor

N.B. Mr James Tilghman is Arived & Called to see me Yesterday I suppose he Writes you by this post.3

the peach trees from Mr Meridith are on board Cap. Rowe.4


1The clearing of the Philadelphia port by the brig Potowmack, George Rowe master, was announced in the Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia) on 9 November.

2GW had purchased sundry items from Milnor while he was in Philadelphia in October. On 15, 20, and 25 Oct. he recorded payments of £197.14.5, £3.15.0, £15.8.6, and £1.2.6 to Milnor (Cash Accounts, October). See also Milnor’s personal account in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 123. The “Cruels” may be crewels, worsted yarns for embroidery.

3James Tilghman, Jr., had visited GW at Mount Vernon in May (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:248–49). No letter from Tilghman has been found during this period.

4Mr. Meredith is probably Samuel Meredith of Philadelphia. GW had dined at his home on 6 Oct. while he was attending the First Continental Congress (ibid., 284).

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