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