George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Susan Blair, 8 December 1780

Philada Decr 8th 1780.

As I have the honour to succeed the late Amiable Mrs President Reed as Treasuress of the Ladies Donations in this State, I presume it is necessary to inform your Excellency, what has been done agreeable to the directions she had received.

We have disposed of all the Money in our hands; a few small Sums excepted, which we have within a few days received from the Country, for materials for Shirts, the greater part of which were generously made by the Ladies of this City—and I may venture to assure your Excellency, that had it not been for the Sickness & Mortality which prevailed, the whole Number would have been finished much sooner, & without expence.

Two Thousand & Five Shirts are now compleated, & ready to be delivered to any person your Excellency may be pleased to appoint to receive and transport them to such place, or places, as shall be judged most convenient for their distribution.

What remains in hand & may be received from the Country we shall dispose of in the same manner unless your Excellency shall be pleased to honour us with different directions.

Had the Ladies success, been equal to their wishes, every Soldier in the Army should have enjoyed the fruits of their attention—They are however happy in the prospect of the good effects which your Excellencys most prudent application of their [   ] may produce.

Mr Blair who still continues in an ill State of health, Unites in most respectful Salutations to your Excellency, and Mrs Washington, with Dr Shippen and Your Excellencys Most Obedient & Very humble Servt

Susan Blair

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