George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Cross, 15 March 1785

From James Cross

Manchester [Va.] 15th March 1785


I beg leave to hand you inclosed copy of a Letter I received from Dr Patrick Wright of Glasgow respecting a tract of Land which fell to a Brother of his Leut. William Wright who was killed in Genl Braddock’s defeat and now belong’s to him or some of his other Brothers, and requests I will inform how it may be recovered and what it may be worth—as I am utterly at a loss to whom to apply for this information but to You, I have therefore taken the liberty to request the favour that You will take the trouble to advise me what mode should be adopted for the recovery of it, what it may be worth.

I applyed at the Land office and was informed by Mr Harvey that he expected, that the right of that whole Grant Still lay in You and it was only in your power to make a Deed for it. Altho I have no power to transact the Business further then gett information respecting—Yett if a Deed could be gott for it I woud pay any expence attending it, and write for a Power of Attorney if You thought proper. I am with Esteem most respectfully—Sir Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant

James Cross


James Cross, a native of Scotland, died in Norfolk, Va., in January 1787. He was a merchant in Manchester, across the James River from Richmond.

William Wright, a protégé of the prominent Scottish merchant in Dumfries, Va., Allan Macrae, served as a cadet in GW’s Fort Necessity campaign in 1754. On GW’s strong recommendation, Gov. Robert Dinwiddie made him an ensign in the Virginia Regiment, and on 28 Oct. 1754 Wright became a lieutenant in the regiment. He did not take part in the Braddock expedition; but he was killed in the summer of the expedition, by Indians in July 1755 on the southwestern frontier of Virginia at Reed Creek. GW’s response to this letter has not been found.

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