George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Matthias Slough, 22 February 1797

Lancaster 22d February 1797

My Dear & most Honoured Sir

Your Highly & most Esteemed favour of the 18th Currant Duely reached me by the last evenings Post and in reply I have the Honour to mention to your Excellency George Root who will have the Honour of handing this is the man from whom I purchased the two bay mares of which I had the Honour of giving you a full discription in my letter in reply to your Original request and which my hope is will prove Sattisfactory, and as the man has to take a boy to Lead them, I wishing not to have either of them rode I send the Gelding which I mentioned in my last That you may View and Try him in Harness, as I think he nearly comes up to the discription you have done me the Honour to give of the Kind of horse you Wish to have, Should he however not please, It will as I had the Honour to mention to you in my last Be no disapointment to me, because the man who takes down the Mares will ride him back and I now make Imediate use of him here, If I have the Proper Idea of the discription you give of the Gelding you wish for Nothing but his legs being Probably too thick will be in the Way of which your Excellency will Judge and determine accordingly, I beg leave further to mention to your Excellency That the Inhabitants of this Town are Extreamly anxious to Know If they will have the Honour of Seeing your Excellency Pass through this Town it on your way to Mount Vernon, and Numbers have been with me to make Inquiry, To which I could make no other reply Than that my hope is that the Turnpike road will Probably be an inducement to their having that Honour, I therefore Omit Transmitting an account of my Transactions in your Excellencys behalf untill I have the Honour of being informd, and Know if the Gelding I send will please or not Imediately after which should we not have the Honour of Seeing you here I will Transmit the account, As I hope for the Honour of addressing your Excellency again before your departure from this State Permit me Sir onely to add That this being the Anniversary of your Exalted Birth which will be Cellebrated by all good men In which those of Lancaster will have a Distinguished Share, That my most fervant prayers are and will Continue to be That your Excellency will yet See many returns of it That your Enemys altho few may sinck into oblivian, That the Evening of your days may be Tranquil and happy, and That you Will do me the Honour of believing That I am & ever will remain Your Excellencys most obediant and most Humble Servant

Matthias Slough

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