From William Fitzhugh
Chatham, January 17. 1786
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.
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.