To Bridget Kirk
Mount Vernon February 20 1787
I must beg the favor of you to give the bearer (Mr Lear a young Gentlemen who lives with me) a decided answer with respect to the money which is due to me from the Estate of Mr Kirk your late husband,1 I wish it may not be forgotten that the Flour for which this money is due ought to have been paid on the delivery of it notwithstanding I have been kept out of it so long.
I beg leave to add that it is from the real want of it I make such frequent, and pressing applications. I am Madam your most obed. Servant
1. On 29 Oct. 1788 GW collected £7.18.5 due him from the estate of James Kirk (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 275), a wheat merchant originally from England who kept an office and store in Alexandria but lived across the Potomac in Maryland. Kirk, a former mayor of Alexandria, died in April 1786. See references to Mrs. Kirk’s bond in William Deakins to GW, 2 Nov. 1787, and GW to Deakins, 8 Mar. 1788. In 1797 Archibald McClean (McLean) acted to settle the account of the estate of Bridget Kirk with GW (McClean to GW, 4 Aug. 1797).