From John Greenwood
New York Septr 10–1791
I Received yours dated the 4th by the hand of sr John Jays son, this moment Saturday 12 Oclock, in Which you seame to think I have neglected you, or the article Miscaried,1 I Received them safe, but Whas out of stuff that is I had none Good enuf for the purpose, and so did not procede till I Could Get it, of Which I procured Whith Dificulty, on tuesday And have began it, Which you Will Get next Week, the reason I did not rite and answer to Yours I Expect’d to Get the stuff and have them done suner, I shall Observe all the defitiences you mention and try to remedy them.
P.S. Sr your directions how to remedy or make the next is as plane to Mee As if present, and I Will Observe them to a title, nevertheless it is dificult to do these things Whithout being on the spot, Which I shall take a trip to Philadelphia in November, God be Willing and I have my helth, then I Can Alter them. from your Obedient and Humble servant
1. GW’s letter of 4 Sept. to his dentist John Greenwood of New York City has not been found but was apparently sent under cover to John Jay. Jay informed GW this day that he received upon his return to New York the previous evening GW’s letter of 4 Sept., noting: “This morning my Son [Peter Augustus Jay] delivered your Letter to Mr Greenwood, and was informed by him that your prior ones had not come to Hand” (N. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library: International Exchange Section, St. Petersburg, Russia). The “article” safely received by Greenwood was a set of dentures that GW had sent for adjustments on 16 February.