Mount Vernon 26th June 1796
Your letter of the 12th instt found me at this place; having left Philadelphia on the 13th.
I thank you for the purchase of a Naraganset on my Acct; and pray, unless a good and safe opportunity shd offer, by which he could be sent to my Stables in Philadelphia (by the same hand) that you would commit him to the care of some honest farmer in your neighbourhood (to be well fed) until my return to the Seat of Government; which will happen before the last of August. Whatever expence is incurred for the feed—pasturage—& care of him, shall be paid the moment the account of them is presented.
On, or before my arrival in Philadelphia (if the above event should not take place previous thereto) I will request him to be sent on in the manner you have suggested, and will forward a Servant to meet him at New York; being apprised of the day he will be there.
It may happen, though it is not within the chances, that some person (in whom you could confide) having business in the Federal City, or Alexandria, might find it convenient to ride him there, rather than travel in the Stage; should this happen, it would suit me better than either of the former modes.
You have made a cheaper purchase than I expected; and if there is any person in this part of the Country, or Philadelphia to whom you would have the hundred & thirty dollars paid, it shall be immediately done; or if you would have it in promisary Bank notes of the United States, under cover of a letter, that sum shall be transmitted to you, in this manner, by the first Post after I receive the advice.
If I should not be embarked on some other journey, two or three years hence, I shall remember your promise to furnish me with a Naraganset of your own raising. My best respects are presented to Mrs Wadsworth and the family. and with very great esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Affecte Servant