George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Crawford, 15 March 1772

From William Crawford

Stewarts Crossing [Pa.] March 15th 1772


I Received yours of the 6th of Decmr I Should have had your Land Run out at the Great medows but Mr McClain is not com up from his fathers as yeat but is to be up in a few days and I will have it don and Send you a Draft of the hole by the first oppertunity I would have had it done as soon as I cam up but he co[u]ld not do it before he went to Philedephia1 As to Craughans Claim of the Land near Fort pitt, he Claims and is Selling any Land that any Person will by of him in sid or out side of his Line and offers his bond to make a Title for it and have no mony till then, at teen pounds Starling pr 100 acres, and has his Survayors Runing out Land now Constanly and the have taken and Run out Land for himself teen Miles Clear of his Line I saw his order to his Survayor and they was to Run out 30 thousand acres of Land at 1000 acres in a tract and if the People will not Purches of him upon those terms he will Let them go to the first that will so People dos not Know what to do, Som in order to Provent Disputs Enterd the Lands with him and then the have six pound pr Tract to pay his survayor which Acasions much Disputs Amongst the people whare it will end I donot now.2

There is no sartanty yeat of the Charters Government taking place as was proposed when you was at Fort pitt or of Colo. Craughans Grant being confirmd and som Disputs it being ever Confirmd and I hear no talk of the Traders having Any Land on the Ohio There is som talk of a government to be on the Ohio at the Mouth.3

I Shall do my Endeaviour to Keep your Land I took up for you but I am a fraid I Shall be hard put to it, but I have Built four good Cabins on it, and Cleard about an Acre of Land at Each Cabin fit for the Plough which I think will hold it till there is som way of Securing it farther.4

I have Seen McMahons Land he had to Seell but it was not Such as it was Recomended to me and be sids there is a Disput about part of it a man has Built a Cabin on the best of it but if it had not a bin so it would not suted you it is two Hilly and not Rich neither.5

There will be [no] Posability of taking up Such a Quantity as you want near Fort pitt as there is Such numbers of People out now Looking for Land and one takeing Each others Land from him as soon as a mans back is turnd an other is on his Land the man that is strong and able to make Others Afraid of him Seems to have the best Chance as tims go now Probaly I may fall in with such a body of Land on som of the Small Creeks Down the Ohio if so I will take it for you and as soon as I can I will send you a Draft and Description of the Place. I am Sir your Hume Sarvant

W. Crawford

ALS, DLC:GW. Docketed in GW’s hand: “⟨resp.⟩ my Land at the Great Meadows—& Shurtees Ck also Croghans Land.”

1In his letter of 6 Dec. 1770 Crawford wrote: “A Draft [of the tract] to be Run as you think Proper. any alteration you want done . . . I will see it done when Mr MClain Coms up next Summer.” See GW’s letter to Crawford of 6 Dec. 1771. On 4 Dec. 1770 Crawford agreed with Lawrence Harrison to buy for GW the Great Meadows tract, but complications arose delaying the transfer of property (see Crawford to GW, 6 Dec. 1770, n.1, and 15 April 1771, nn.2 and 3).

2In October 1770 during his trip to the West, GW entered negotiations with George Croghan for the purchase of a large section of the land in western Pennsylvania claimed by Croghan, but in part on Crawford’s advice, GW decided not to deal with Croghan. See Crawford to GW, 20 April 1771, and all of the references in note 2 of that document.

3For the movement on the part of the Walpole associates constituted as the Grand Ohio Company to establish a new colony in Virginia beyond the mountains, see GW to Botetourt, 9 Sept. 1770, n.3.

4Crawford is referring to GW’s Chartiers Creek, or Millers Run, land. See note 3 in Crawford to GW, 20 April 1771.

5GW wrote Crawford on 6 Dec. 1771 about investigating the possibility of his buying land near Wheeling Creek from Dr. James McMechen (McMahon).

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