George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charles Carter of Ludlow, 25 September 1793

To Charles Carter of Ludlow

Mount Vernon Sepr 25th 1793

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 15th instt having unluckily passed on to Philadelphia before it got to my hands, is the cause of its remaining so long unacknowledged.

I have by the Post of to day written to the Comptroller of the Treasury for most of the other Offrs are absent to obtain, on my acct, one hundred dollars for the use of your Sons in Phila. and hope it will be accomplished; but such is the stagnation of business there and so entirely chang’d is every thing there by the retreat of the Inhabitants & the extention & malignancy of the fever with which it is visited that it is almost impossible from the little intercourse people have with one another to promise any thing on a certainty of having it complied with—Mr Wolcot (the Comptroller) will I am sure do all he can to fulfil your desires and it will give me pleasure if in this instance or in any other I can contribute to your happiness.1

My best wishes (in which Mrs Washington joins me) attend Mrs Carter and your family and with very great esteem & regard I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt & Affe. H. Ser.

Go: Washington


1See GW to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., this date. The entry for 20 Dec. 1793 in GW’s household account book records the payment of $100 to Wolcott “for so much advanced by him to R. W. Carter, son of Charles Carter of Fredericksburg,” and an entry of 17 May 1794 records the receipt of $100 from Carter “in full for so much advanced by Olivr Wolcott Jr Esqr. on the President’s accot to R. W. Carter” (PHi). GW also recorded this transaction as an account with Carter in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 361.

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