George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Mason, 12 October 1789

To John Mason

New York, October 12th 1789.


I have received your letter of the 14th of August together with its enclosures, for which, as well as for the polite offer of your services, I beg you to accept my best thanks.1

On the 16th2 and 25th of August I wrote to the House of Fenwick, Mason and Co. requesting them to furnish me with a quantity of the best claret, which letters, I presume have got to hand. I am Sir, your most obedient Servant

G. Washington.

P.S. I enclose to you the first of a set of exchange on Messrs Jauge et du Preis which I will thank you to receive for me when it becomes due.3

It was given for money advanced to a Frenchman who was in distress—to pay his passage to France.


1Mason’s letter is dated 4 rather than 14 August.

2For GW’s letter to Fenwick, Mason & Company, 16 Aug., see his letter to Wakelin Welch & Son, 16 Aug. 1789, n.1.

3No record of this transaction has been found.

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