George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Söderström, 12 September 1785

From Richard Söderström

Newyork 12th Sepr 1785.


The personal acquaintance which I had the honour to form with your Excellency some time ago will, I hope be sufficient apology for the liberty I presume to take, in introducing to your Excellency the right Honle Fred. von Walden Esqr. Captain in His Swedish Majesties Navy, who on his Tour to Virginia promises himself the honour of paying your Excellency a Visit.1 Any attention and Civilities your Excellency shall be pleased to render him will add to the great esteem with which I have the honour to remain your Excellencys most Obedt & most Hle Servant

Richd Söderstrom


Richard Söderström was the new Swedish consul at Boston.

1GW has this entry in his diary for 30 Sept.: “Mr. Hunter [William Hunter, Jr.], and the right Honble. Fred[erick] von Walden, Captn. in the Swedish Navy—introduced by Mr. Richd. Soderstroin came here to Dinner, and returned to Alexandria afterwards” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:199). Walden had recently presented Congress with a proposal to coin copper (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 29:587).

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