George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Boucher, 5 August 1773

To Jonathan Boucher

Mount Vernon Augt 5th 1773.

Dear Sir,

Under cover with this Letter I send you a Bill of Excha: on Robt Cary & Co. for £65 Sterlg, which is the amount of your acct at 66⅔, more than which the Govr told me might be had for good Bills.1 I have made no deduction for the sums of £1.5.0 & £2.6.0 Virga Curry paid Rind & Purdie on your Acct nor of £1.4.0 York Cy paid Gaine, Whose receipt I now Inclose; as, to the best of my recollection, I formerly did the other two—these Sums you can pay me at some other time.2 In the meanwhile please to give me a receipt at the foot of Mr Custis’s Acct (Inclos’d) for the Sum now paid.3

I hope this Letter will find you easd of the Pains, you complaind of in your last, and that you may find it convenient, if Govr Eden Inclines to make me a visit from your House to accompany him.4 Mrs Washington joins me in Affecte Compliments to Mrs Miss Boucher and your self & I am with very great regard Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington


1See Boucher to GW, 2 Aug., and GW to Robert Cary & Co., 5 August. On 5 Aug. GW wrote in his Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends : “Also charge the Revd Mr Boucher with a Bill of Exchange of £65 Sterlg drawn this 5th Augt on Robt Cary Esqr. & Co. on Acct of Mr Jno. P. Custis.”

2GW wrote off Boucher’s debt of £4.10 after Boucher returned to England in 1775. See Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 49.

3The receipted account has not been found.

4Gov. Robert Eden and a large party from Maryland visited Mount Vernon from 27 to 29 Aug., but Boucher did not accompany them.

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