Philadelphia 5th Decr 1796.
I have received several letters from you in the course of this year, but as none of them required a particular acknowledgment—and as my time is generally much occupied I have been silent until now.
The object of my writing to you now, is to request that the balance of £105.8.7 due to me, as appears by your account current dated the 23d of February in the present year may be remitted in the [ar]ticles contained in the Invoice enclosed herewith.
I pray you to send them (Insured) by the first good opportunity to Alexandria or George Town on Potomac. Accept my thanks for the Tarriers you had the goodness to send me by Captn Butts who took great care of them, & delivered them in good order—With esteem—I remain Sir—Your Most Obedt Servt
Invoice of Goods to be shipped for, and consigned to, the Subscriber at Mount Vernon in Virginia by James Maury Esqr. and sent by the first Vessel bound to the Port of Alexandria, or George Town on Potok.
300 Wt of White lead ground in Oil
2 pieces of very fine Cambrick
2 Ditto—Irish linnen @ 4/. pr yd Sterlg
2 Ditto Do Do 3/. Do Do
4 Ditto Do Do 2/.
1 Do say 60 yds 5/4. Sheeting—fine
6 large & handsome Table cloths—All to be of the same size, fineness and figure.
2. dozn handsome Napkins to suit Ditto.
The surplus of the balance of £105.8.7 due to me, pr your acct current after Commission & charges—freight and Insurance on the above Goods are added to the cost thereof, is to be sent to me in good British Oznabrigs.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.