George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Hambly, 28 July 1798

To William Hambly

Mount Vernon 28th July 1798


Bearing in grateful remembrance the very fine Cheeses you had the goodness to send me, Mrs Washington prays your acceptance of half a dozen Hams of her own curing.1 I am Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

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

1Hambly first wrote GW from Falmouth, England, on 17 Feb. 1797: “Some time since I did myself the pleasure to wait on you through the Medium of my friends Messrs Thompson & Veitch, with the present of an old Cheshire Cheese. The gracious manner in which you was pleased to receive it—and the growing respect I feel for your Character—influences me to supplicate your Condescension, to receive another at my hands—which I hope you will be pleased to do” (DLC:GW).

On 30 July 1798 Thompson & Veitch of Alexandria wrote GW: “We are favoured with yours of the 20th Instant and have forwarded the Hams per Ship Suffolk (that sailed this day) to the care of our friends Miller & Mandale of London who will be careful to have them deliverd to Mr Hambly. We with pleasure accept your friendly invitation to a family dinner, and shall soon make it convenient to do ourselves the Honour of waiting on you at mount Vernon” (DLC:GW). Hambly wrote GW on 13 April 1799 to thank him for his “Present of Hams which unfortunately went into the Hands of Victor Hughes [Hugues], or some of his Fraternity” and to say that he was sending GW another Cheshire cheese. When writing Hambly on 1 Sept. 1799 thanking him for the cheese, GW said that he was “making another trial—through the medium of Messrs Thompson & Veitch” to send him Virginia hams. GW’s letter to Thompson & Veitch has not been found.

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