To Benjamin Goodhue
Mount Vernon 22d Novr 1799
Your favour of the 3d of Octr never came to my hands until last night.1 ⟨On⟩ hearing that Captn Hammond had arrived at Alexandria, I shall send up for the Fish, and pay him the cost of them—nine dollars.2
For your kind recollection of my want of this article, I thank you. They came very opportunely; and just as I was thinking of writing to you for a fresh supply.3
Without expressing any opinion with respect to the Embassy which has just Sailed from this Country; I will hope for the best: Being among those who believe, that Providence after its numberless favours towards us, will still continue an out stretched arm to help, & deliver us from the evils with which we have been, & continue to be, assailed. With very great esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt
ALS, NNYSL; ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers. The letter was: “Favoured by Willm Craik Esqr.”
1. Letter not found.
2. John Winson Hammond was master of the schooner Fame, which sailed from Salem, Mass., for Norfolk and Alexandria around 30 Sept. (Salem Gazette, 24 Sept.).
3. Senator Goodhue of Massachusetts had sent fish to GW from Salem in 1797. See Goodhue to GW, 30 Aug. 1797, in Papers, Retirement Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series. 4 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1998–99. description ends , 1:329–30.