George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Margaret Savage, 4 July 1768

To Margaret Savage

Mount Vernon July 4th 1768


Your Note without name or date to it I have just now received by your maid.1 The contents (knowing it to be your hand writing) I shall communicate to Mr Fairfax, & concur with him, in pursuing such measures for recovery of the money, as the Bond directs;2 in the mean time, I beg you will be settled in your purposes, & no longer tantalize Doctor Savage, by giving him expectations of your surrendering the Bond, when you are fully resolved he never shall possess it. This becomes absolutely necessary as, from hence forward I shall not scruple to devulge the reasons for my refusal, that my conduct may not stand the reproach of incincerity or want of candour. I am Madam Your Most hble Servt

G: Washington


1The unsigned note from Margaret Savage has not been found.

2This was the bond that William Savage and Thomson Mason gave GW and Bryan Fairfax to secure payment of Mrs. Savage’s annuity from Dr. Savage. See GW to Margaret Savage, 28 June 1768, n.1.

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