George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Moultrie, 8 November 1791

To William Moultrie

Philadelphia November 8th 1791

Dear Sir,

As I am certain that occasions which will afford you opportunities of shewing civilities to distinguished characters cannot fail to give you pleasure, I do without hesitation or ceremony introduce Lord Wycombe to your attentions: He is the Son of the Marquis of Landsdown, whose character you well know—and, having passed through the eastern and middle States, is on a visit to Charleston whence he purposes to embark for England.1

However unnecessary it may be I will remind you of the plants and seeds you were to provide for me;2 and of the sincere esteem and regard with which I am and always shall be your obedient and affectionate Servant

G. Washington.


1GW similarly introduced John Henry Petty, Earl Wycombe, to John Rutledge this day (LB, DLC:GW), and also wrote a letter of introduction to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Edward Rutledge on 8 Nov.: “As you are united in interest and affection I will make one letter supply the place of two to you—directing it jointly to both—The occasion of it is to recommend Lord Wycombe, Son of the Marquis of Landsdown to your attentions while he remains in Charleston—Induced by a desire to see the state of population[,] agriculture, and manufactures in this country he has crossed the atlantic, and having been through the eastern and middle States, proposes to take Charleston in his way to England. You will find this young Nobleman liberal and well disposed of consequence worthy of your civilities” (LB, DLC:GW). For Wycombe’s American tour, see GW to Lansdowne, 7 Nov., n.2.

2William Moultrie replied to GW from Charleston on 28 Nov. 1791: “I had the honor of your favor handed to me by Lord Wycombe, be assured Sir it affords me much pleasure, and reflects the highest honor on me to be introduced by you to men of such rank and distinguished characters, I am happy in having payed him every attention; his Lordship is gone to Georgia and East Florida, and intends going to the Havannah, (if he can be permitted to land there) I have given him letters to gentlemen at Georgia and Augustine, after visiting these places he intends to return to Charleston from whence he will embark for England. I have not forgot the plants and seeds, our vegetation is but now ceased, and I am preparing to Send them, but the conveyance from hence to Alexandria is so very seldom, as to make their going uncertain. I am therefore advised to send them to Baltimore I shall send them to the care of Govr Howard and request the favor of him to have them forwarded for you to Alexandria; when I send them I shall send a particular description of each” (DLC:GW). At the bottom of this letter, Moultrie listed the “Trees & seeds to be sent in boxes,” which GW probably personally requested of Moultrie at dinner in Charleston on 8 May or during their joint trip to Purrysburg, S.C., on 10–12 May (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:132, 134–35): “2 palmeto royal[,] 2 oliander[,] 2 opopynax[,] 2 of the sweet Shrub[,] 2 Italian or sweet Myrtle[,] some seed of the Indian creeper” (DLC:GW). For the transportation of the plants to Mount Vernon, see Moultrie to GW, 29 Dec. 1791, GW to Otho Holland Williams, 7 Feb. 1792, n.2, and to Moultrie, 14 Mar., 5 May 1792.

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