George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Battaile Muse, 12 September 1784

From Battaile Muse

Sept. 12th 1784

Honorable Sir,

I have been Informed that you have a Considerable Sum of money due in Berkeley Frederick and Fauquier Counties from your Tenants—altho a Very disagreeable Office—I beg leave to solicit your Favour in Leting me have the Collection It being Convenient with Colo. Fairfax’s Collection As I attend the Courts and Sheriffs through which channel I expect some of the business will Pass[.] I am Oblig’d Frequently at Belvoir when I could make returns of the business.1 Should you think Proper to Intrust me with the business I shall be Very Perticular in attending to your Commands for a Proof of which I refur you To your Brother Colo. Charles Washington the Two Mr Mercers and my General Character in business of that nature. I have the Honour to be Sir your Most Obedient Humble servant

B. Muse


1Although Muse gives no indication here of having received any communication from GW, a letter dated 4 Sept. 1784 from GW to Muse was advertised for sale in 1892 in Thomas Birch’s catalog no. 683. A letter of that date would have been written during the time that GW was seeing about his tenants in Berkeley County, where Muse was living. GW did not answer this letter of 12 Sept. until 3 Nov., explaining that it had not come to hand until “a few days ago.” At that time GW hired Muse who became GW’s agent for his tenanted lands in Frederick, Fauquier, Berkeley, and Loudoun counties.

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