George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Boulton, 4 June 1785

From Richard Boulton

St Marys County St Inegoes [Md.], June 4th 1785


I am sorry to inform your Excellency that my Affairs in St Marys are in such a situation that it is at this time Intierly out of my power to serve your Excellency or comply with my Agreement, for Reasons I will hearafter mention.

On my return from your Excellencies to St Marys, I ware under the Disagreeable nicessity of Offering a number of my Tules for Sail to Discharge a number of considerable Debts due from me to my Creditors. But Money being Scarce & the Tules not salible in our County which I offerd, Rendered my sail of no Use towards Satisfying my Creditors. In consiquence of which & thier hearing of my Agreement with your Excellency, and my intention of muving out of the State to Serve you, have sot them all on me, I have heard of several Rits being out against me, which I expect dailey to be served, the consiquence of which will be that I must Inavoidable goe to Joal.1

Having wayed every Sircumstance minutely find it intierly out of my power to Serve your Excellency, Therefore intierly Relying on your Excellencyes linety & Goodness hoping youl Excuse my non complyance with my Agreement with you, as numbers of Others have s[o] universally expearencd.

As I apprehend Collo. Wm Fitzhugh recommended me to you as an Able Workman, I thought proper to right him a state of my Affairs and let him no it is out of my power to comply with my Agreement with you. From your Excellencies most Obt Hble Sert

Richd Boulton


1William Fitzhugh denied that Boulton’s excuse had any validity (Fitzhugh to GW, 4 July). For the agreement into which Boulton had entered with GW, see GW to Fitzhugh, 21 May, n.1.

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