George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Black, 6 December 1773

To William Black

Decemb. 6th 1773


I expect all the Papers respecting your Title to the Lands I purchased of you will shortly be in Mr Wythe’s possession, when he will be satisfied whether your title is good or not and if he thinks you have a good title he will draw a proper conveyence which will be tendered to you by the Bearer Barthw Dandridge and he will see it properly executed by you and Mrs Black. Whenever this conveyance is offered you I shall look upon the contract between us to be absolutely confirmed and be pleased to accept this as a decleration of the Confirmation thereof on the part of your humble Servant1

Go. Washington

Copy, DLC: Toner Collection. Written at the bottom of the letter is the notation: “From the original in the ‘Toner Collection,’ Lby of Congress.”

1GW paid Black for Pleasant Hill and Romancoke plantations on 4 December. See Bond to William Black, 30 Nov., n.2. GW’s negotiations with Black are summarized in note 3, GW to Robert Cary & Co., 10 November. See also GW to Bartholomew Dandridge, this date, and Dandridge’s reply of 30 December. George Wythe’s legal opinion regarding the titles to the property was enclosed in the letter from Dandridge.

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