George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Peter, 29 August 1798

From Thomas Peter

George Town 29th Augt 1798

Dear Sir,

I have just Received your two Letters of the 27 & 28th together with Doctr Thorntons Plan & a Receipt for the Money I gave you Sunday last.

You have heard of a very flattering account Sales for five Hhds Tobacco (say three hundred & ninety odd pounds) it really is so extravigant a price, & exceeds so much the late advices that I am fearing it is not free from all Expences—I have your Tobacco clear from any engagement & at your command, the light Hhd I had put under prise this Morning & am promised shall be turned off in the course of the Week following.

We are happy in hearing you are no worse than when I left you, the change in the Weather I hope will prove very beneficial & make your recovery speedy. Mrs Laws servant is now here, she sends word she is better to day, but Joseph says has not left her room—We are all well, Patty & Eleanor Join me in Love to Mrs Washington, Yourself, Nelly, Washn & I am Dear sir Your Affectionate Servt

Thomas Peter

N.B. Mr Scott has been dangerously ill at Coll Blackburns, an Express came for his Wife & Famy & Dr Gantt; the Dr came home to day & relates he is better, but not out of danger—young Mr Johnston is on the recovery but mends slowly.1 T.P.


1Gustavus Scott was a commissioner of the Federal City; Col. Thomas Blackburn (d. 1807) lived at Rippon Lodge near Dumfries; Edward Gantt (c.1741–1837), a native of Prince Georges County, Md., graduated from Princeton College in 1762, studied at Edinburgh in Scotland, and received his medical degree from the University of Leyden in 1767. He had been practicing medicine in Georgetown since 1795, and he was an uncle of John Mackall Gantt (1762–1811), a prominent member of the bar at that place. “Young Mr Johnston” may be Joshua Johnson, son of Gov. Thomas Johnson of Maryland.

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