George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Matthew Campbell, 26 July 1774

From Matthew Campbell

Alexa. July 26th 1774


Mr Adam being at the Mill I open’d yours to him immagining it to be about that Business of Colo. Fairfax’s1 When he went away he gave me the Trunk & Papers and told me Mr Dalton Mr Piper & myself were to Settle them and that I would use them when Call’d upon for that Purpose.2 When I came home I informd Mr Dalton I was Possessd of these Papers for the Purpose and that I should attend when they pleasd but I never was Calld on. Mr Dalton Yesterday ask’d me when I could spare an hour for that Purpose I told him I was Ready any Moment and allways had been from the time I had Mentioned to him that I was Possess’d of the Papers But I did not aprehend it became me to insist on a Settlement I shall endeavour if it Sutes Mr Pipers Convenience, to do something in them tomorrow but if they are so intricate as Mr Fairfax seems to Suggest they will Certainly take more time What I can do I am very willing to do for Mr Fairfax and wish it may give Sattisfaction but I sincerly wish he had settled them himself3 I am with Respect Sir your most Obt hle Servt

Matthew Campbell

P.S. I came home Yesterday afternoon If Mr Adam has any Commands he will Contrive them Down and is oblig’d by your kind offer of takeing Trowble.

Yours M. C.


1For “that Bussiness of Colo. Fairfax’s,” see the description of the continued failure of Fairfax’s representatives to settle the accounts of the bloomery on Fairfax’s land in Berkeley County appearing in note 9, George William Fairfax to GW, 10 Jan. 1774.

2“He” is George William Fairfax. Fairfax recounts in his letter to GW of 2 Mar. 1775 how he turned over the trunk and papers to Campbell at the time of his departure from Belvoir in July 1773.

3When GW prodded John Dalton on 24 Aug. about the bloomery accounts, which remained unsettled, Dalton replied the next day that it was Piper’s “sickness” and Campbell’s “backwardness” that were holding things up.

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