George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Clement Biddle, 10 January 1798

To Clement Biddle

Mount Vernon 10th Jan. 1798

Dear Sir,

By leaving the enclosed letter to Mr Kitt (who was my household Steward in Philadelphia) open for your perusal, it supercedes the necessity of my saying more on the subject than to beg your attention to, and aid in the measure which is requested therein. Mr Kitt lives, I believe, at the United States Bank, and if not, Mr Wolcot, I am persuaded can inform you of the place of his residence.1

Pray send a set of strings for Miss Custis’s Harpsichord, agreeably to the enclosed memm, under cover to me by the first Post;2 and at the sametime inform me at what price good German and other Oznabrigs could be bought by the quantity; and that I may not, at any time over draw, or order goods, please to let me know how my acct stands with you.3 With great esteem—I am Dear Sir Yr Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, NNC; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

2The memorandum has not been found.

3For GW’s attempt to find a supplier of inexpensive cloth in Alexandria, see William Herbert to GW, 18 January. In 1797 Biddle reassumed the role that he had played before GW’s presidency and was acting as GW’s agent in Philadelphia (see GW to Biddle, 28 May 1797).

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