From Bryan Fairfax
Decemr the 2d 1772
When I parted with You on Pohic You did not seem inclinable to take my Land there, and I have therefore been bargaining with Mr Henderson about it as I owe a debt to the Store in Alexandria: But as I did not know but what You might come to some Terms with Mr Mercer and in that case choose to purchase mine, I chose to wait till your return before I shewed the Land to Mr Henderson, that if you thought proper you might have the preference; for I think myself under many obligations to you.1 Mrs Fairfax has been unable to travel so that I could not get the Deed acknowledg’d on her part before Witnesses going to the Genl Court. But would not the Relinquishment of Dower before the Justices be sufficient?2 I hope to hear that Mrs Washington & Family have returned in good Health. I am Dr sir Yr most obedt Servt
1. On 25 Sept. GW went with Fairfax “to look at some Land of his on Pohick” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:132). See also Fairfax to GW, 15 July and 3 Aug. 1772. For a general account of GW’s land dealings with Fairfax at this time, see Fairfax to GW, 20 Jan. 1772, n.1. Alexander Henderson of Colchester acquired the 463½-acre tract on Pohick Creek from Fairfax in April 1773 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:132).
2. For the land that GW bought of Fairfax, see Fairfax to GW, 3 Aug. 1772, n.4. Elizabeth Fairfax’s consent to the sale of the land was given in a privy examination by Fairfax County justices John Carlyle and William Ramsay and recorded in the Fauquier County court (deed of release, Fauquier County Deed Book 6 [1774–78], 167–69, ViWarFauCt).