George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Holden Parsons, 1 October 1780

Camp 1st Octr 1780

Dr General

I beg you to excuse my not waiting on you with the inclos’d Letter: I am so exceedingly unwell as to be unable to go from my Quarters, if I should recover Strength enough & the weather should clear off serene I will ride down to Day. The inclosd Letter is from General Arnold, the Cover & Seals as they came to me except their being broke you may still see the inward Seal has not been broken. I am Dr Sir Yr Obedt Servt

Sam. H. Parsons

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


August 30th 1780


On the 24th Inst. I received a note from you without date, in answer to mine of the 7th July, also a letter from your house of the 24th July, in answer to one of the 15th, with a note from Mr B—— of the [30]th July with an extract of a letter from Mr J. Osborn of the 24th: I have paid particular attention to the Contents of the several Letters: had they arived earlier, you should have had my answer sooner: a variety of [Commitments] has prevented my writing you before, I expect to do it very fully in a few days and to procure you an interview with Mr M——e when you will be able to settle your commercial plan I hope agreable to all parties, Mr M——e assures me that he is still of opinion that his first proposal is by no means immeursable and maters no doubt when he has a Conference with you that you will [Close] with it He expects when you meet that you will be [fully] authorised from your house: that the risques and profits of the [Co-partinership ]may be fully and Clearly understood.

A speculation might at this time be early made to some Advantage with ready money. but there is not the quantity of goods at Market which your [partiner seems] to suppose and the number of [Recutatons]below I think will be against your making an immediate purchase, I apprehend goods will be in greatir plenty and much Cheaper in the Course of the seasons; both dry and wet are much wanted and in demand at this juncture some [quantities] are expected in this part of the Country soon.

Mr M——e flatters himself that in the Course of ten days he will have the pleasure of seeing you, He requests me to advise you that He has ordered a draught on you in favor of our mutual Friend S——y for£300—which you will change on Acct of the tobacco. I am on behalf of Mr M——e and Co. Sir Your Obedt hble Servant


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