George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Yates, 25 April 1775

From Charles Yates

Fred[erick]sburg April 25th 1775


Mr Robert Rutherford has put into my hands a Letter directed to you in Wmsburg or in case of your not being there, to Colo. F. Lewis,1 the purport of which is to request your paying me Fifty Pounds agreeable to the tenour of a Subscription you signed and has put into my custody a Bond properly executed for repayment of said Fifty Pounds which I am to deliver on recpt of the Money—Colo. F. Lewis tells me he had your instructions to pay the above mentioned Sum to R. R. last Octor but thinks it best to have them renewed & has desired me to apply to you for that purpose before you go to the Norward.2

Your directing Colo. Lewis to settle that much with me at Williamsburg3 will oblige Sir Your most Obedt hble servt

Chs Yates

ALS, DLC:GW. The letter is postmarked “Fredericksburg Apr:25.”

1Letter not found.

2This bond for £50 may have been for a partial payment on the £500 subscription GW made on 10 Oct. 1774 to raise a capital sum for implementing John Ballendine’s scheme to clear the Potomac River. See Thomas Johnson to GW, 24 Jan. 1775, n.1. Robert Rutherford and GW were both appointed trustees (Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg], 3 Nov. 1774).

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