George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Swan, 13 May 1785

From John Swan

Baltimore [Md.] May 13th 1785


When I was in England my friends Messrs Harrison Ansley & Co. of London gave me Charge of a power Attorney and several authentic papers from, and proving, the Heirs and legatees of Mr Thos Colvill of Fairfax County, who appears to have made a Will and died some time in October 1766, by which will You are appointed one of the Executors. I Shall esteem it a particular favor, If you will take the trouble of giving me any information respecting the Effects & Affairs of the said Thos Colvill, and the prospect the Heirs or Legatees have of receiving any part of his Estate and to what amount.1

I beg you will excuse me for this request—the Heirs are of Opinion they are intitled to some thing, which I assured them they would receive if any Property was bequeathed them and in any instance Came under Your Care I have the Honor to be with great respect and Esteem Your Excellencys most obedient and very Hble servant

John Swan


1See GW to Swan, 23 May. For other references to the Colvill estate, see Henry Hollyday, 30 April, nn.1 and 2.

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