George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 15 October 1797

To Clement Biddle

Mount Vernon 15th Octr 1797.

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 28th ulto has been received, and I sincerely regret the continuance of the malady which afflicts the City of Philadelphia, and other Seaport Towns; but hope the frosts which we have lately had, & the approaching cold, will eradicate the disorder.

The Season rendering the Room for which I wanted a stove in a manner useless for the purpose it was designed without one, I have procured one in Alexandria. Although it is not altogether such as I wanted, a very good shift can be made with it; and as it supercedes the necessity of those I had written to you for, I have now to request you will decline sending them, or either of them.1 The other matters you will be so good as to send when an opportunity offers. With esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Obedient Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, owned (1972) by Mr. Erskine B. Wood, Portland, Oreg.; ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers; LB, DLC:GW. The left margin of the ALS appears to be torn, and the letterpress copy of the ALS has been used to supply missing words and letters.

1For GW’s inquiries about a stove, see GW to Biddle, 21 Aug. and 15 September.

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