George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Michael Hillegas, 17 July 1785

To Michael Hillegas

Mt Vernon 17th July 1785.


The enclosed packet contains necessary & valuable papers, in a Suit which I have depending in Washington County in the State of Pennsylva., under the management of the Gentn to whom they are directed. Mr Smith requested me (tho’ by a circuitous rout) to address them to your care, & he should be certain of getting them: this must be my apology for the trouble I am giving you, & for which I hope to obtain your excuse.1

The sooner the packet could be sent, by a safe hand, the better, as some of the papers point to evidence which may require time to obtain—& all of them want consideration. With esteem & regard, I am &c.

G: Washington

LB, DLC:GW. The ALS copy of this letter was listed in American Book Prices Current, 56 (1950), 557.

1See the editorial note in Thomas Smith to GW, 9 Feb. 1785, and GW to Thomas Smith, 14 July. Michael Hillegas, who held the position of United States treasurer, lived in Philadelphia.

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