From Frances Ramadge
Charleston [S.C.] August 22th 1791.
I Must beg leave to Congratulate your excellency on your safe arriveal and good Health afte so long and hazardous a Journey through our barren Country[.] I have sent a small Cask of our Carolina potatoes which beg your exceptance: as I hear the are much better than you have to the Norward. I will send some every opportunity if agreeable—the Shrubs and roots will be fit next month, which I will be very careful in sending: the Soap tree, and Tallow tree seed I Shall get; the sweet sented shrubs and what I Can find will be a rarity: any thing of that kind your Excellency would wish to have, Command me I will be happy, and take pleasure in procure it[.] I have sent a sample of saloop of my own manufacture which you had not room for on your departure from Charleston, it has been approved by the gentlemen of the Faculty in the Physical line, I have made a Quantity of it, and will ship some to New york and Philidelphia if it meets with encouragement[.]1 I most Earnestly pettion your excellency to present it to the Society of Arts and Sciences—my Daughter Sarah present her most respectful Compliments and Joins me in good wishes for Health and happiness to your good family[.] I remain with the greatest respect your excellency most Humble Servant
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters. Tobias Lear docketed the cover of the letter: “Answered September 9th 1791,” but no reply from GW or his secretaries has been found.
Frances Ramadge (Rammage) of St. Phillips and St. Michaels Parish served as GW’s housekeeper during his stay in Charleston (Heads of Families [South Carolina] description begins Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: South Carolina. 1908. Reprint. Salt Lake City, 1978. description ends , 40; Lipscomb, South Carolina in 1791, description begins Terry W. Lipscomb. South Carolina in 1791: George Washington’s Southern Tour. Columbia, S.C., 1993. description ends 26).
1. Saloop or salep was a medicinal meal, starch, or jelly made from the dried tubers of plants of the genus Orchis.