George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Pearce, 21 May 1794

To William Pearce

Philadelphia May 21st 1794

Mr Pearce

Agreeably to what I promised in my letter of the 19th,1 I now write to you further, on the subject of my Flour.

Although I think the probability is, that flour will rather rise than fall, yet, as the warm Season is coming on, and I had rather be upon a certainty with respect to the Sale of mine than to hold it up for a higher price, by which I may be disappointed. It is my desire, if what I mentioned in my last, of the day before yesterday; viz.—Six dollars pr Barl for Superfine, and five dollars & two thirds for the fine, can be had, on sixty days credit in good hands, that you would make the bargain final; & deliver the flour as soon as possible, as it is from thence the purchaser (unless you agree otherwise) will count the days.

Colo. Hooe bought from me last year; but sell to any other good hand, if more can be obtained2—I am Yr friend &ca

Go: Washington

ALS, NjP: De Coppet Collection; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

1GW evidently was referring to his letter to Pearce of 18 May, both here and when he mentions his "of the day before yesterday."

2For the previous sale, see GW to Robert Townsend Hooe, 17 and 29 May 1793; and Hooe to GW, 23 May 1793. Pearce sold GW’s fine and superfine flour to James Douglass in June (see GW to Pearce, 1 June, n.4).

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