George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., 25 September 1793

To Oliver Wolcott, Jr.


Sir,Mount Vernon 25th Septr 1793.

Your Letter of the 20th instant came duly to hand. I am much obliged to Colo. Hamilton for sending me a copy of the Memorandum, describing the mode of treating the prevailing fever in his case—& to you for transmitting it.1 It gave me sincere pleasure to hear that he & mistress Hamilton have got so happily over the disorder—and I hope—Mrs Wolcott2 & yourself will escape it. The enclosed for Colo. Hamilton, you will be so good as to forward.3

An old acquaintance of mine—a respectable character & a staunch friend to the Government of the U. States, has requested of me what you will find in his Letter enclosed.4 I am anxious to comply with it—but do not, under existing circumstances, well know how to draw the money with regularity from the Treasury, on my own account; and therefore take this method of expressing my wish, and leaving it to your judgment to carry it into execution.5 my compliments to Mrs Wolcott—with esteem & regard, I am Sir, Your very humble Servant

Go: Washington

LS, CtHi: Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Papers; ADfS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1The copy has not been identified.

2Elizabeth Stoughton Wolcott (c.1766–1805) had married Wolcott in 1785.

4GW was referring to Charles Carter of Ludlow. On the draft, GW initially wrote “friend,” but changed the word to “acquaintance.” For the enclosure, see Carter to GW, 15 September.

5Wolcott advanced $100 to Carter’s sons, which GW repaid in December (see 20 Dec. 1793 entry, Household Accounts description begins Presidential Household Accounts, 1793–97. Manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. description ends ).

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