George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Archibald Robertson, 21 April 1792

From Archibald Robertson

New York April 21st 1792
Mr James Renwicks No. 92 William Street1


Agreeable to your desire, I have the honor to intimate that the picture for the Earl Buchan being finished,2 I mean to take the opportunity of a Ship that sails from this soon for Scotland to transmit it to his Lordship, any commands you may have for his Lordship, I shall be happy to have the honor to forward.3 I remain Sir with the highest respect Your Most Obdt Hble Servt

Archibald Robertson


1New York City merchant James Renwick headed a household of eight people at 92 William Street until at least 1795 (Heads of Families [New York] description begins Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: New York. 1908. Reprint. Baltimore, 1966. description ends , 119; New York City Directory, description begins William Duncan. The New-York Directory, and Register, for the Year 1792. New York, 1792. description ends 1792, 125).

2For more information about Robertson and the portrait of GW that he was painting for the earl of Buchan, see Buchan to GW, 28 June 1791, note 3, GW to Buchan, 1 May 1792, and the frontispiece to this volume. By 11 Jan. 1792 Robertson had completed a miniature watercolor-on-ivory life portrait of GW, from which he executed the larger oil painting for Buchan. Contrary to Robertson’s claims in his letter of this date, he did not send the larger portrait to Buchan until the spring of 1793 (see Tobias Lear to GW, 9 Nov. 1793).

3On 1 May, Lear forwarded to Robertson GW’s letter to Buchan of that date. Lear’s cover letter to Robertson says that GW had commanded him to “acknowledge the recet of your letter to him of the 21st ultimo—and to thank you for your polite attention in giving him information of an opportunity of writing to Earl Buchan. The enclosed letter for his Lordship the Presidt commits to your care & profits by your obliging offer to forward it. The Picture which you have taken for the Earl the President hopes will be satisfactory. Your knowledge of the size to correspond with others of his Lordships collection has undoubtedly enabled you to accommodate it to his wishes. And if you will be so good as to transmit to me the amount of the Picture I will have it paid to you immediately” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

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