c. 4 July 1796
I have had the honour to receive your Letter of June 27th and have disposed of the enclosures agreably to direction.
Last Evening I called on Mr F.W. Francis and he informed me that your Wine was in good condition & perfectly safe stored in the Compting House with two Pipes of Mr Willings--it was Mr Francis’s opinion that the situation was much better for the improvement of the wine than any Cellar—I am no judge of the matter my self & can cause a removal at any time, if the President judges it adviseable.
There is nothing new in town—Baches paper continues as usual to be filled with abuse against the Government & predictions of French hostility. I beleive however that his publications make but little impression. Browns paper of last evening, stated that the President was expected to return here in a few days—I have not been able to trace the origin of the report, but I presume it to be a trick of some person to encite alarm—it will be contradicted.
The questions proposed by the Presidt being of great consequence we have thought it best to keep them under consideration a few days—The pressure of business with me is such that I have not been able to bestow all the attention which I wish.
The new Stock will I fear remain unsold notwithstanding the long Credit which was offered—some new expedient must be adopted; what will be best I cannot yet determine. I shall act with caution & pursuant to the best advice which I can obtain. With perfect deference & attachment, I remain Sir, your obedt servt
Oliver Wolcott jr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.