George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Morris, 1 February 1780

From Robert Morris

Philada Feby 1st 1780

Dear Sir

As I make it a rule never to claim any share of your attention without some sufficient cause, it gives me pleasure when an occasion does offer to pay my Compliments with propriety. Don Digges (a Gentn whom I do not know), residing in Theneriffe has given me the present opportunity, by shipping a Pipe of fine old wine onboard a Schooner Called the Hancock Capt. Scott intended for this place, which my Friend Mr Pasley requests I shou’d take charge of and forward it to You, it is marked G.W. & branded Pasley.1 You know with how much alacrity I shou’d have executed this Commission but the Schooner was forced from our Coast by the Severe Weather and got into Edenton in No. Carolina where I have requested Messrs Hewes smith & Allen to receive this pipe of Wine and keep it in their Custody untill orders from you or some person by Your authority appear for its removal, as I did not know but the Commissaries or Quarter Masters might find a better mode of transporting it to Camp than they or I could but if this conjecture is not well founded I shall most readily take measures for bringing it forward on the opening of the Navigation.2

Mrs Morris joins me in the Sincerest & best wishes for health & happiness to Mrs Washington & your Excellency assuring You that you wou’d make us happy by a Visit to Philada during this long Severe Winter. We will endeavour to amuse you & afford some relaxation from the severity of discipline & duty which your exalted Station keeps You in the constant exercise of. With the most sincere regard & Veneration I am Your Excellencys, most obed. hble ser.

Robt Morris


1Morris may be referring to Robert Pasley (Paisley; d. 1793) of the firm Robert Pasley and Company of Lisbon, Spain. In October 1781, Morris listed Pasley among a list of friends and trading partners of Willing, Morris and Company before the war (see “List of Prewar Correspondents of Willing, Morris and Company,” 19 Oct. 1781, in Morris Papers, description begins E. James Ferguson et al., eds. The Papers of Robert Morris, 1781–1784. 9 vols. Pittsburgh, 1973–99. description ends 3:97–98).

2Hewes, Smith, & Allen had already shipped the wine to GW, enclosing a letter from Joseph Digges (see Hewes, Smith, & Allen to GW, 4 Jan.; see also Digges to GW, 1 Nov. 1779, and GW to Morris, 4 Feb. 1780).

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