George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fitzhugh, 17 January 1786

From William Fitzhugh

Chatham, January 17. 1786

Dear Sir

I have lately recover’d two fine Does which had stray’d from the Eagles Nest and were lost for several Months. I imagine you have not yet made up the Number you intend to keep, & have therefore desired my Nephew Mr Grymes to have them put on board some Vessell, in a large Box or Cage, with directions to the Skipper to land them at your House.1 The one I have here is in fine Order, but in continual dread of a Pack of Neighbouring Hounds, who are frequently passing through my Fields, & obliging her to take Shelter in our Kitchen. As soon as you inform me that your Paddock is compleated, I will send her up. I am with respectful Compliments to your Lady & Family, Dear Sir Your Aff. & Ob. Ser.

W. Fitzhugh


William Fitzhugh, of Chatham in Stafford County, grew up at Eagle’s Nest in the Chotank section of King George County, where his nephew, Benjamin Fitzhugh Grymes (died c.1803), now lived.

1Benjamin Grymes sent GW from Eagle’s Nest on 24 April “the two Does from this place, and a third which I received to day from Chatham.” For further correspondence regarding the does, see William Fitzhugh to GW, 2 Nov. 1785, n.2.

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