George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Carlyle, 29 December 1774

From John Carlyle

Decr 29 1774


On my Looking over my Settlement with The Court I find it In March 1768 & the ballance then In my hands was £12. 19s. 6d. Curry Since In Augt 1769 Mrs Auge Washington gave an order Upon me to Mr Templeman for her Rent & I paid Mr Adams 601 Tobo Clarks fees—Since I have recoverd from Danl Lawrance A ballance that was due the Estate In Loudon Court of 7:15.6 which is All that I have to Settle with the Estate.2

I would have Sent you A Copy for yr Satisfaction but had not time If you desire it I will doe it some few days hence. I am with Compts to yr Lady Yr Very Hble Sert

John Carlyle

P.S. my Compts to Mr R. Washington & the bearer has his book.3

Yr Servant Staying In Town Longer than I Expected I have Since Seen the Captain who has the Lime Stone he Desires me to Acquaint You that he Expects to get Away In A few days & If You will take the Stone you may have the Whole at first Cost which he Says is 2/8½ Irish Sterling per Ton an English Shillg is 1/1 in Ireland.4 I am as Above Yrs J.C.


1There is a small mark directly after “60” that may indicate “pounds.”

2John Carlyle’s last settlement with Fairfax court in his capacity of executor of Lawrence Washington’s will is dated 23 Mar. 1768. “Mrs Auge Washington” is probably GW’s half brother’s widow, Anne Aylett Washington. The account records in 1765 “To Robt Adam’s Sheriff’s Fees . . . 108 [tobacco].” An undated entry lists Daniel Lawrence as owing £24.3.4 “for rent of Lotts 2 yrs 5 ms.,” and in 1765 is the entry: “To Daniel Lawrences note now in Court . . . 7.15.9” (Fairfax County Will Book C [1767–76], 14–16, ViFfCh).

3Richard Washington was the London merchant who in the late 1750s and early 1760s had received some of GW’s tobacco and had provided some goods. Before breaking off business relations with him in 1765, GW had in 1763 invited Richard Washington to stay at Mount Vernon should he ever visit Virginia (GW to Richard Washington, 27 Sept. 1763). Richard Washington was at Mount Vernon from 24 Dec. to 2 Jan., and during that time John Carlyle also visited and remained overnight (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:297–302).

4No evidence has been found that GW bought the Irish stone.

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