George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert McMickan, 12 January 1773

To Robert McMickan

Mount Vernon Jany 12th 1773


The Inclosed Letter,1 is occasiond by a Paragraph in one of your Letters to Messrs Robert Adam & Co.; and I should be obliged to you to make use of it, or not, as circumstances may require;2 for it is not my wish to proceed to any harsh or rigorous measures by which a Man just setting out in Trade may be injurd if there is a possibility of avoiding it. The Inconsistency however in Adams’s Letters, added to his change of Destination, and your hints, leave but too much room to suspect that all is not well; but, if contrary to expectation you should find things in a better way than is apprehended please to withhold the Letter directed to him, and suffer him to proceed without Interruption taking no notice of your having receivd any power on this head which will much oblige Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington


1GW seems to be referring here to his second letter of this date to McMickan, but later in the letter he clearly indicates that he also enclosed his letter of this date to Daniel Jenifer Adams.

2For a summary account of GW’s dealings with Daniel Jenifer Adams, see GW to Adams, 20 July 1772, n.1.

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