To an Unidentified County Surveyor
Mount Vernon Feby 12th 1774
Satisfied as I am, of the many application’s you must have had made to you, for assistants to Survey the Officers & Soldiers Lands undr the Proclamation of Octr 1763, I can not help taking the liberty of mentioning my Friend & acquaintance Captn Thos Rutherford to you, as one1—To say anything in favour of a Gentleman, whose Character is well known, is useless—to you, altogether unnecessary, as you are as well acquainted with Captn Rutherford as I am; I shall only add therefore, that, your favours to him, on this occasion, will be considerd in the light of an obligation conferd on Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt
1. Thomas Rutherford, an old French and Indian War acquaintance of GW’s, came to Mount Vernon on 11 Feb. for dinner and spent the night (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:232).