George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Gilpin, 14 December 1797

From George Gilpin

Alexandria Decemr 14th 1797

Dear sir,

Peter has been with me to enquire my Opinion about the State of the navigation with respect to the Ice,1 one Ship and two brigs & Several other Vessells have waited for Some days for the River to Clear to morrow they intend to try, but I think it is not Safe for a Scow to Venture[.] two days hence if this weather hold I think She may Venture. I tryed for three days past to get a Craft to go to Pomonky ware house for Tobacco for Colonel Deakins Ship but none would go although I offer an Extra price. I am your most Obedient Servt

George Gilpin

ALS, DLC:GW. The letter was sent “per Peter.”

1“Peter” may be Peter Hardiman whom GW hired from the estate of John Parke Custis for three years at £12 a year, from 1796 through 1798 (Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 8).

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