Rocky Hill 6th Octr 1783
The account we have frequently received (from one body and another) of Mrs Morris & your coming to Princeton, kept Mrs Washington & myself in continual expectation of that pleasure.
A desire of having the Paymaster General present while you were here, induced his stay at this place several days longer than he intended; and when the business at the army would no longer allow his absence from it—He did as he informed me on the 26th of last month at my request, communicate a state of the Ballances which were due to, and from me, with the acct of my immediate, pressing want; to you and his assistant in Phila. Having heard nothing from either of you since—as Mrs Washington is now on her way home—and as it would be very convenient for me, that she should procure at Philadelphia some Articles of Furniture, and stores for my House in Virginia, if they are to be met with I am in a manner compelled, very contrary to my inclination to ask if she could be furnished with about 1500 Doll. for these purposes—If this sum is supplied her I will give a warrant upon the pay Chest or Account for it in any manner you shall direct, agreeably to the Tenor of your letter of the 20th of August last.
Mrs Washington accepts the kind invitation which you and Mrs Morris have been Obliging enough to give during the few days she may stay in Philadelphia and I can only repeat, with the usual sincerity, the pleasure I should feel in having you and Mrs Morris if she inclines to honor Princeton with her Company, and can put up with Batchelors fare with me under my Roof. My best respects are ofered to her. With great truth I remain Dr Sir Your mo. obt servant
P.S. I had written the foregoing letter, before your fav. of the 2d came to hand—as I do not know what it is you allude to I am at a loss wht answer to make to your question. & therefore would say, If it is claret that has been provided for me on Public acct it ought by all means to come to me at this place; where, more than probably, my residence will be while I continue in the Service of the Public—if on the other hand it is any of those wines which have been sent to me from France by some of my Acquaintance there and of which I never could get any distinct acct I would pray you to let it remain in your Cellar till you may be so good as to give me information on this head. I am yours
DLC: Papers of George Washington.