From Robert Townsend Hooe
Alexa[ndria, Va., 18 July 1784]
I am to acknowledge the honor of your letter of this day, and let me assure you that I will do every thing in my power to procure such a Spanish Jack as you describe 1—Mr Harrison will with pleasure receive and execute the order and all will be done in that fair open and honorable manner you direct.
I could wish you had communicated your desire a few days Sooner that I might have given directions by one of our own Vessels—but we have a Ship lading flour at Balto. that I hope will Sail in a few days, and by her I will give the necessary orders. I have the honor to be sir Your most Aff. Hble servt
R. Td Hooe
ALS, PHi: Dreer Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW. This letter dated “July 17th 1784” by Hooe is in response to the letter from GW dated in GW’s letter book 18 July. One or the other of the letters is misdated. The decision to change the date of Hooe’s letter rather than GW’s was arbitrary.