George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Greenwood, 5 November 1798

To John Greenwood

Mount Vernon 5th Novr 1798


In my last of the 3d instant, I requested you to send what you were about to do for me, to the care of the Secretary of War—James McHenry Esqr.1—I repeat this request—and inform you that I shall set out this day, to meet him at Trenton—The sooner therefore I could receive the needful at that place the more agreeable would it be to Sir Your Obedt Hble Servant2

Go: Washington

ALS, NN: Washington Collection. The cover, advertised in Siegel Auction Galleries catalog, November 1992, item 43, shows that the letter was addressed to “Mr Jno. Greenwood No. 3 Church Street near St Paul’s New York.”

John Greenwood (1760–1819), a native of Massachusetts, was a dentist in New York.

1Letter not found.

2For GW’s further correspondence with the dentist John Greenwood regarding his false teeth, see GW to Greenwood, 7 Dec. 1798, and note 1 of that document. GW probably began dealing with Greenwood not long after his arrival in New York to assume the office of president (see GW to Greenwood, 16 Feb. 1791).

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