From Edward Snickers
Jenery 26 1775
The whete I have all Redey halled to you of the Estate of Coll George mercer Comes to £70.10.0 besides the thrathing and what is to hale and you peaid me £18 pounds at the Sale and I Shald take it as a grait faver if you Cald Send me fiftey pounds by the Baror ISac Edwards it will much ablige me as I wont to Settel with all the waginers and thrathers and as Soon as his whete is all Dowen I Shall Send the Remander of my one from Loudon amedetley and when you Return from the Esembly I will weaight on you to Settel the account of Mr Mercers Estate1 all from youre most obedent Humbil Sarvnt
ALS, DLC:GW. The letter is addressed “To George Washington Esqr. or to his Agent.”
1. For other correspondence regarding the sale of wheat on George Mercer’s lands, see GW to James Mercer, 12 Dec. 1774, GW to Snickers, 10 Mar., and Snickers to GW, 6 April 1775. Isaac Edwards has not been identified.
2. “Mr Reed” has not been identified.
3. “Mr Elexander” is probably Morgan Alexander, Snickers’s son-in-law, who was running Snickers’s ordinary when GW stayed there at the time of the Mercer sale (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:292–93, 295). Alexander, originally from Gloucester County, served as captain and major in the 2d and 8th Virginia regiments until his resignation in 1778 (Jones, “Snickers,” description begins Ingrid Jewell Jones. Edward Snickers, Yeoman. In Proceedings of the Clarke County Historical Association 17 (1971–75). description ends 13, 44). George Rice had served in the French and Indian War and was a captain in Daniel Morgan’s 11th Virginia Regiment during the Revolution. He was a vestryman of Frederick Parish in Frederick County. “Hoge” is probably John Hoge who purchased one of the Mercer lots (Lund Washington’s account of money collected on bonds in the sale of George Mercer’s estate, 1775–79, ViHi). This last sentence was written on the letter cover.