From William Hodgson
Alexandria Oct. 24 1797
Agreeably to your desire I subjoin the advances I charge on the different Goods, at the usual Credit of six Months, and for Cash.1 For the present I am deficient in Irish Linens & but a few pieces of the coarser Linens remain—the former however I am in daily Expectation of being supply’d with. With great Respect I am Sir Your mo. Ob. Servt
William Hodgson (1765–1820) came from Whitehaven in England to Alexandria where he became a merchant in the mid–1780s.
1. Hodgson’s charges were:
Cash advce 87½ Ct—Advce on 6 Mos 100 Cent.
Cash advce 76 Ct—Do Do 87½ Ct
Payments made in two Months from purchase considerd as Cash. W.H.
GW subsequently made further inquiries about Alexandria merchants who might best supply him with needed goods. See for instance William Herbert to GW, 18 Jan. 1798; see also GW to Clement Biddle, 10, 29 Jan. 1798.