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George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon, to
James McHenry, [1786 Nov. 11]. 3 p. + address leaf.
My dear Sir,
I met your favor of the 5th, in Alexandria yesterday. Today
I dispatch one of my overseers and two servants for the Jack
& mules which are arrived at Baltimore. The Pheasants
& Partridges, I pray you to procure a passage for them
by water, in the Packet. To bring them by land would be troublesome,
& might perhaps be dangerous for them.
Be so good as to let me know the expence of these importations,
and the cost of their detention in Baltimore. It shall be
immediately paid, with many thanks to you, for your obliging
attention to the business.
If you have any particular information from my good friend
the Marquis de la Fayette respecting the above things, I shall
be obliged  to <you> for it; his letter to me takes
<no> <not>ice of them, altho’ I had for
sometime been expecting one Jack and two she Asses through
his medium – but by no means as a present.
One of the Servants who accompany’s my Overseer, belongs
to the Honble. William Drayton of Charleston So. Ca. This
Gentn. Spent a day or two here on his return from New York
and at Dumfries (proceeding on) the above fellow runaway from
him & came here. He goes to Baltimore under the impression
of assisting in bringing the Jack & Mules home, but the
real design of sending him there is to have him shipped for
Charleston, if the Packet (which I am informed is regularly
established betwn. that place & Baltimore,) or any other
vessel is on the point of Sailing for the former. Mr. Drayton
will readily pay the Captn. for his passage, and the other
incidental expences, having intimated this in a letter to
my Nephew; but if any doubt is entertained of it, I will see
 Under this rela<tion of the> Circumstances attendi<ng>
[text loss] way I would beg of you, <my good> Sir, (if
an opportunity presents) to have him shipped, & previously
secured. The fellow pretends a willingness to return to his
master, but I think it would be unsafe to trust to this, especially
as he has discovered an inclination to get back to Philadelphia
(with a view he says of taking a passage from thence)
Why will you not make a small excursion to see an old acquaintance.
It is unnecessary I <hope to> assure you of the pleasure
it <would> give.
Yr Obedt & Affecte Hble Serv
PS. Engage the Master of the Packet Boat to drop the Birds
at this place as he passes by – otherwise I shall have
to send to Alexandria for them.
James McHenry Esqr.
Mr. Jno Fairfax
Notes: Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, 29: 59-60.