George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George William Fairfax, 22 February 1773

From George William Fairfax

Belvoir Feby 22d 1773

Dear Sir

Altho’ I can hardly hold a Pen, yett this is to acknowl. the Receipt of yours,1 with a Letter for your Brother, and Colo: R: H: Lee in Westmoreland, which I hope they will Rece. this Week, as I am determined as soon as this very inclement touch of Weather is over (for I think I never felt any more severe) and I can pass the River to sett off, and heartily wish you and Company good sport a Hunting, and hope you’l come into this Neck then, and at all times without Ceremony.2

I hope the Pistols I have will do, if not will take the liberty of sending for yours. What you have done respecting the bound. of the Seventy two Acres of Land, is very satisfactory.3

Our Complements, and best wishes, attend you, Lady, and Miss Custis, and am Dear sir Your Most Obedt humble Servt

Go. Wm Fairfax

I felt another touch of the Gout last Night, but hope its only the Effect of the Weather.


1Letter not found.

2GW noted in his diary the rare occurrence of being “at home all day alone” on two consecutive days, 22 and 23 Feb. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:162). He took advantage of Fairfax’s offer on 26 Feb. when GW, Bryan Fairfax, Robert Alexander, Thomas Triplett, William Triplett, Harrison Manley, and Humphrey Peake “Went a Hunting again” and “Found a Fox in Colo. Fairfax’s Neck” (ibid.).

3For the seventy-two acres, see Fairfax to GW, c.19 Dec. 1772.

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