To John Fowler
Mount Vernon February 2d 1788
I have received your letter of to day,1 and in answer to it must inform you that I have no inclination to purchace the Negro fellow which you mention as I have already as many Slaves as I wish, and I cannot engage to give another, or others in exchange for him, because I do not think, it would be agreeable to their inclinations to leave their Connexions here, and it is inconsistent with my feelings to compel them. I did agree to take him from Mr Robt Alexander but it was in part payment of a debt which he owed me & upon any other consideration I would not receive him.2 I am &c.
John and George Fowler were merchants in Alexandria with whom GW had dealings as early as 1772.
1. Letter not found.