George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Savage, 25 April 1767

To William Savage

April 25 1767.


The security you offer is, in our opinions, amply sufficient, and we dare say will readily be received by Fairfax Court; to whom being given, our Bond for the Executrixship of Mrs Savage becomes void of course—We do not mean to hurry you, or the Gentlemen proposed by you, into the Execution of this securitiship—two or three Courts hence (being the same to us) may perhaps prove more convenient to yourself, & to them. Far be it from us to accuse you of any remissness, or neglect in not proffering this counter security before, it was our business to apply—not yours to offer; and we have done it now in consequence of information that the relations of the late Revd Mr Green are making enquiries after his Estate here (for what end we know not)—your avowed intention of leaving the Colony &ca.1

That the devise to Mrs Savage will admit of dispute, is a matter we are not to judge of; sufficient it is, that the Will was somewhat out of the Customary form; and tho’ Mr Mercer2 (upon the whole) was of opinion ’twas valid; yet, to the best of our recollection he pointed out a necessary mode of proceeding, in order to give it authenticity which if Mrs Savage ever complied with, is entirely unknown to us. We therefore hope to stand excused for the application we made to you on Monday last3—& are Sir Yr most obedt humble servts

G. Wm Fairfax

G: Washington

LB, DLC:GW. This is the first letter in this letter book that is not in GW’s hand. This and the remainder of the letters in this book, dealing with business affairs other than those with British merchants and dating through 1775, are in the hand of a clerk.

1For an explanation of the affairs of William Savage and his wife, see Henry Lee and Daniel Payne to GW, 24 April 1767, and notes.

2This is probably John Mercer.

3Monday last was 20 April. No such communication from GW or George William Fairfax has been found.

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