From Henrich Wilmans
Bremen 28 febr. 1790
Most Honorable Sir!
Your Exellence Letter dated Nw York the 12th October last, I have well receivd, and it gives me Pleasure to see that You are Pleasd with me sending the Gardiner, who I hope will behave him selff to Your Exellencys satisfaction.1
The linnen Weaver I had formerly engaged declined to go, and it was obmitted in mention it in my last letter, however I have since endeavourd to git one, tho not as yet Succeeded, because I would wisch to have one who could make Diaper and Tabel linnen likewises, and Your Exellency may depend that in the Cours of this year I shall send one of those abilities intirely to Your liking—either for the Potomack or Baltimore as ships Opportunity best offers.2
the Gardeners Wife is determined to follow her husband, and she is a Woman who can be of great service to Your Exellence Lady as she is capable in every respect.3
The Emperor Died the 20 of this month, and probably a general War on this Continent may take Place. I have the Honour to remain with due regard Most Honorble Sir Your Exellence most hbe and Obd. servt
3. In November 1788, when GW asked Wilmans to engage a gardener for him, he specified that the gardener’s wife “if one comes is to be a Spinner, dairy Woman—or something of that usefulness” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:422).