George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Goodwin, 10 February 1790

From Samuel Goodwin

Pownalborough [District of Maine]

SirFebruary 10th 1790

there is A Great Crye for bread in thease parts; by the Drought, the last summer, the Crops was Cut Very Short and even Potatoes, som did not Get as many: as the Seed they planted as I have been in formed (& Repeated Complaints;): and but Little money in Circulation, in thease Parts, I Cant, Tell what many will do; and when any Neceassory: is in Demand, nothing but Cash, will fetch it; Except somthing that which will fetch Double: the Callamities is Great; God often brings thinge about; that mankind dont foresee nor think of: for their Good; I hope and Pray God: to appear for us all according to his Grace and Great marcy and when we are A suffering to whome Should wee apply too but to God: our heavenly father, and to our Temporal and, Political, father which I hope, will Excuse, and Pardon all Amiss &c. therefore every thinge that Congress: Can favour us in no Dout, they, will, all which is most humbly submitted by your Excellencys Most Obedient Devoted & Very humble Serv⟨an⟩t

Samuel Goodwin

N.B. there is A Great many Poor in thease Parts: and Pinch hard; (I dont escape) A Very Cold Country.

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

Samuel Goodwin had written to GW several times in 1789 on the subject of customs posts in the District of Maine. See Goodwin to GW, 17 and 25 Nov. 1789.

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