George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Moultrie, 7 August 1786

From William Moultrie

Charleston South Carolina Aug. 7 1786

Dear Sir,

I am honored with your favor of the 14th June last, with Mr Hughes’s letter inclosed.

I must beg leave to apologize for the trouble I have given you in this business of ours.

Your Excellency’s obliging offer to forward a letter to Mr Brindley has induced me to give you this further trouble, by inclosing you a letter for him.1 I have the Honor to be Dear Sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Humble Servant

Willm Moultrie

ALS, NN: Emmet Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed letter from William Moultrie to James Brindley reads: “Charleston, South Carolina, August 7, 1786—by a letter from Mr. Hughes to General Washington, the Company for the Inland Navigation, are informed that the Susquehannah Company have given you permission to be absent for four months in the next winter, and that you have authorized Mr. Hughes to say that you will be in Charleston in December next. The Board of Directors have requested of me to urge your coming, and sooner if possible to South Carolina to take a view and give your opinion upon the probability of opening the communication between Santee and Cooper Rivers, they are perfectly satisfied with the knowledge and abilities you are possessed of in that branch of business and they are therefore unwilling to begin the great work, until you have surveyed and marked out the ground for the carrying of it into execution, and I assure you that every expense attending your coming here shall be paid you as also full compensation for your trouble, etc.—William Moultrie” (printed, Gary Hendershott’s catalog, n.p., n.d.). GW forwarded Moultrie’s letter on 16 Sept. from Mount Vernon: “Sir, The enclosed came under cover to me from Govr Moultre of So. Carolina. If you chuse to return an answer thro’ the same Channel, it shall be my care to forward it safely. I am Sir Yr Very Hble Servt Go: Washington” (facsimile, Hendershott catalog, p. 4).

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