From Lettice Corbin
Essex Mch the 31st 1766.
I am now favord with an opportunity of writing to you, to let you know that I shall be glad to be informd whether you will want the Bricklayer any longer. (if you do) you may keep him on the same Terms; (but if not), shall be obliged if you will send him down as soon as his Year is up, because I have lately had an offer for him. As the distance is so great & good opportunities scarce, shall take it as a favor if you will send the Cash down by Mr George Tu[rber]ville who is the bearer of this,1 & am Sir your most Obt Servt
N.B. I have a good Gardener to hire; if you want may have him, on the usual Terms for such—L.C.2
1. For more on the hiring of Lettice Lee Corbin’s bricklayer, see Papers, Colonial Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series. 10 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1983–95. description ends , 7:433. George Turberville was probably the man who signed the Westmoreland Association in 1766 and was elected to the Westmoreland Committee in 1775.
2. There is no indication that GW hired the gardener. At the end of the letter is a receipt dated 9 April 1766, written by GW and signed by George Turberville: “Receiv’d from Geo: Washington for the use of Mrs Lettice Corbin, Twenty five pounds Virga Curry for the Hire of Her Negro Bricklayer George one year—Geo: Turberville.”