George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James and Edward Penman, 5 February 1789

From James and Edward Penman

Charleston So. Carola 5th February 1789.


The Situation of our friend Mr Wedderburn’s health,1 preventing him from following out his original Intention of paying his Respects to you in person, he has requested us to forward the inclosed, which We embrace the earliest Opportunity of ⟨doi⟩ng and are, very respectfully, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servts

Jas & Ed. Penman


James Penman (died c.1789) and Edward Penman (d. 1817) were merchants in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1767 James Penman received a crown grant of some 10,000 acres in East Florida. Establishing his plantation Jericho on the St. Johns River, he soon became one of St. Augustine’s leading merchants. Edward Penman was probably a merchant in the same area. After the British evacuation of East Florida in 1783, both Penmans moved to Charleston, where they were active in business and social circles.

1Mr. Wedderburn may be the Jamaican attorney who was visiting in the United States around this time. See Samuel Vaughan to GW, 4 Nov. 1788, n.4.

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