George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Spotswood, 8 March 1779

From Alexander Spotswood

8th March 1779

Dr Sr

Our last Assembly resolved that Ge[nera]l Nelson be directed to purchase four geldings to be sent on as a present from the State to yr Excellency—the g[enera]l being under the Necessity of going to Congress—desired me to undertake it1—I have purchased you two Exceeding fine ones—and shall Attend the petersburg races which happens on the 1st day of April next, where I shall get two more, & will bring them out with me in April—shoud you think that mares will suit as well, by informing me by Letter, I shall, I beleive, be able to Obtain such as will please you.2 I am [yo]ur Excellencys mt oblidged hbe St

A. Spotswood


1For the resolution that passed the Virginia general assembly on 24 Nov. 1778 authorizing Thomas Nelson, Jr., to immediately purchase and send to GW “four of the finest geldings that can be procured” as a testimony of the state’s gratitude for his services to America, see Va. Senate Journal 1778 description begins Journal of the Senate [5 Oct.-19 Dec. 1778]. Williamsburg, Va., 1779. description ends , 26; see also GW to Benjamin Harrison, 18 Dec. 1778, in GW to Harrison, 18-30 Dec. 1778, n.1., and Nelson to GW, 9 March.

2For Spotswood’s efforts to obtain suitable horses for GW, see Spotswood to GW, 15 April, 27 Sept., 26 Oct., 21 Nov., and 3 Dec. 1779; and GW to Spotswood, 15 Sept., 10 Nov., and 15 Dec. 1779, all DLC:GW.

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