George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Muse, 30 November 1774

From George Muse

30th Novr 1774


As there is a peace with the Indians shall be obliged to you to have Deeds Executed for the land I Exchang’d wth you as soon as conveniancy will permit, in Order to have it saved, if you have an inclination to purchase please let me know by Mr Morton what you wou’d give. ⟨Mutilated⟩ acknowledge the receipt of 20£ by Colo. ⟨mutilated⟩ndleton for which I am obliged to you, I Suppose Colo. Pendleton inform’d you that the deeds was Executed for the 180 Acres. from Sir yr Most Hle and Most Obedient Servt

Geo. Muse

ALS, DLC:GW. The letter was sent “pr favour Mr [Andrew] Morton.”

In November 1773, in the second allotment of the soldiers’ land surveyed by William Crawford under the terms of Dinwiddie’s Proclamation of 1754, GW and George Muse were assigned 7,276 acres in a single tract on the south bank of the Great Kanawha, upstream from the 10,900 acres that GW had been awarded in 1772. Muse ceded GW his 2,741 acres of the 7,276–acre tract in exchange for 2,000 acres on the opposite bank of the Great Kanawha and for the payment of all costs of the surveying and division of the land. GW had bought the 2,000 acres on the north bank of the Great Kanawha from William Bronaugh who was entitled to 4,000 acres of a 7,894–acre tract that was allotted in 1773 jointly to Bronaugh, James Craik, and Muse. See Resolutions of the Officers of the Virginia Regiment of 1754, 23 Nov. 1772, and notes; GW to Dunmore and Council, c.3 Nov. 1773, Muse to GW, 6 Jan. 1775, and GW to William Bronaugh, 18 Jan. 1775; see also GW to Samuel Lewis, 1 Feb. 1784, source note.

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