George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George William Fairfax, 25 July 1758

From George William Fairfax

Winchester July 25th 1758

Dear Sir

Since my Arrival I have been much indisposed, and am now troubeld with slow Fevers every day. But yet was determined to try my old friends for you and Colo. Martin, and have scarcly time to acquaint you that we have succeeded in our Wish, and that your Colleege sett of tomorrow to Attend the Assembly which is thought will be but Short.1 Upon the receipt of your favour I went to Mount Vernon in Order to assist Mr Patterson with my advice if wanted. But I found every thing fraimed and prepaired to put up, and when I was last their the roof was raised and they were larthing of it, so that I hope it will soon be coverd, but if any thing will prevent it, it will be for want of Shingles.2 But I expect John Gladin will soon be up with some. Triplett has made and burnt the Bricks, and intends immediately to sett about the underpinning3—I propose and shall recommend their priming the weather boards as soon as possible to prevent Warping, and any thing else that I see to your interest—I congratulate you on our Success to the Northward, and hope we shall soon have the Dunkirk of No. America in our hands, and I think I may Venture to say Mr Pitt wont give it up for Minorca or any other Island, as his grand and favourite Object is these Colotnies4—I have not time to add more than my best wishes attend you and that you may add Sprigs to your Laurels, and sit down quiet and easy for the future on the banks of Potomack, which will be the greatest inducement to keep me on this side the Water.5 I am Dear Sir your very humble Servt

Wm Fairfax

Pray excuse hast our Horses being at the door.


George William Fairfax (1724–1787), GW’s friend and neighbor at Belvoir and the son of GW’s patron William Fairfax (d. 1757), came up to Winchester from Alexandria with John Carlyle for the Burgess election.

1Undoubtedly Thomas Bryan Martin learned before he got to Williamsburg that Fauquier had put off the meeting of the assembly until September.

2GW’s “favour” has not been found. See John Patterson to GW, 17 June, 13 August.

3John Gladin lived in Fairfax County. William Triplett (d. 1803) lived near Mount Vernon; he was to do the brickwork and plastering in the remodeling of the house at Mount Vernon.

4For the fall of Louisburg, often referred to as the Dunkirk of North America, see Abraham Bosomworth to GW, 20 July, n.2.

5After frequent trips to England, Fairfax and his wife Sarah Cary Fairfax went there to live in 1773, never to return to Virginia.

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