George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert McMickan, February 1773

To Robert McMickan

Mt Vernon Virga Feby 1773


You will be surprizd perhaps at the frequency of my Letters—I wish I had less cause to be troublesome to you—but having receivd Information of late, that my Affairs in the hands of Mr D: J: Adams are in a very desperate way, & vigorous measures necessary to be pursued, I send you a Copy of the power of Attorney which I forwarded on the 12th Inst. to Norfolk (in order to get the Seal of the Borough affix’d to it) with the Seal of the County I live in, & the Clerks Certificate thereto; hoping that by Virtue of one or the other you may, if occasion requires it, be sufficiently empowerd to Act with Propriety.1

I also send you a state of my Acct against Mr Adams; made out, and proovd, in the best manner the nature of the case will admit of for it is to be observd that he has never renderd me any regular acct of the Sales of my Flour, I have only the words of a Letter therefore as transcribd into the Inclosd acct to support my charge against him.2 If he should not have left the Island of Jamaica before this Letter &ca gets to hand I shall hope to receive some benefit from your Endeavours and am Sir Yr Most Obedt H. Servt

Go: Washington


1For GW’s power of attorney, see note 1 in GW to McMickan, 12 February. The clerk of Fairfax County was Peter Wagener, Jr.

2GW made in his letter book (ALB, DLC:GW) this copy of the account that he sent to McMickan:

Account with Daniel Jenifer Adams

Mr Danl Jenifer Adams—to G: Washington Dr. Feby 1773
To 115 Barls of Herrings @ 15/ Virga Cury a Barl—Excha: at that time being 20 now 25 prCt worse than Sterling £ 86. 5.0
To 273 Barls of Suprfine Flour Consignd him in the Brig Fairfax Saml Brodie Master[,] Weigg Nett 63,308 lbs.—the Sale of wch, in a Letter dated Kingston Jamaica Octr 3d 1772 he accts for in these Words—“I have sold 220 Barls @ 20/ & the Ball. I shall sell immediately for the same price”—I therefore charge him as follows—viz.
Octr 3d
To 220 Barls of Flour by average Weight 51017 lbs. @ 20/ 510. 3.4
To 53 Bls of Do by Do 12291 lbs. to be sold immy at the same price viz. 20/ 122.18.2
86.5.0 & 633. 1.6
To 273 Casks—at the usual price in Jamaica

E. Excepted pr Go: Washington

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