George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ralph Wormeley, Jr., 16 July 1784

From Ralph Wormeley, Jr.

Berkeley Rocks [Va.] July 16, 1784.

Dear Sir.

I saw Major Frank Willis two days ago here & enquired of him, if he had paid you the Money for the land he bought of Colo. Mercers, that I was Security for. He tells me that he sent £700 & odd pounds to Mr Lun Washington for the principal & Interest & that he had his Receipt for it. As he is going out of Country, I shall be glad if you will favor me with the particulars of the Affair that I may take care of myself. I shd have been glad to have seen the Bond taken in. I know Mr Willis has sold the Land for £500. more than he was to give.1 if you shd take a Trip up to the Springs this Summer I shall esteem it a great Favr to see you here. I shall stay here Till the Middle of Octr pray make my most Respectfull Compliments to your Lady. I have the Honr to be with the greatest Esteem & Respect Dr Sr your most Obdt Servt

Ralph Wormeley

P.S. a letter to me sent to Mr Daniel Mcpherson Mercht in Alexandria, will be forwarded in a few Days.


1Francis Willis, Jr. (1745–1829), left Berkeley County, Va., at this time to settle in Georgia, where in 1790 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. It is possible that Wormeley is referring to Francis Willis, Jr. (1744–1797), of Whitehall, Gloucester County, with whom GW also had business dealings.

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