From Robert Rutherford
Berkeley County March 28th 1786
I am hond by your excellency’s letter of the 8th instant,1 and am very unhappy in not Complying with your utmost wish, & at the Same time to have acted up to the warm & grateful dictates of my own heart on the occasion. The very great & unequal loss of at least £10,000 Specie Value Sustained by the Continental money not to mention the entire neglect of every domestic Concern, the whole time of the late important Contest, by which the remnant of my fortune (to use a forced term) became a perfect wreck at the Close of the war has embarrassed me much, but as I am determined (however painful the Idea) to Sell 1000 Acres of my paternal Estate, I hope to pay off each Pressing demand in the Course of the year. Please to be assured that I Consider it as a very pleasing Circumstance in my life to have had your patronage, and must Still put myself upon that Condescension & goodness of heart often evinced in my favour, and intreat a recall of the note into the hand which obliged me, and into which I am anxious to return it. indeed it would distress me beyond expression to be hardly pressed for what I Consider myself bound by every tie of honor & gratitude. Most Sincerely do I wish that it may ever be in my power to render any return of good offices, and I pray you Command me freely, if Such occasion require. May you with amiable Lady, long injoy every ternporal blessing. I beg pardon for being thus prolix, and have the honour to be, with every sentiment of grateful affection My Dear Genl your Most obt And Very Hble Sert
ALS, DLC: Rochambeau Papers.
Robert Rutherford (1728–1803), with whom GW formed a friendship when Rutherford was captain of a company of rangers in the 1750s, was a member of the House of Burgesses for Frederick County from 1766 to 1771. On 20 May 1769 GW lent Rutherford £5 “in Williamsburg,” and on 20 Aug. 1770 he lent him £20 “at Colchester” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 202). An undated entry in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 16, indicates that Rutherford paid £25 to Battaile Muse. See also GW to Muse, 8 March.
1. Letter not found.