George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Mahony, 3 April 1788

From Thomas Mahony

Alexandria Aprill 3d 1788

Honourd Sir

I woud esteem it as a great Favour if you have considered that Affair of my working with your (Honour) I am willing to Engage for the Year at Twenty Six pounds with all other Articles wch was made mention’d of your Honour’s Answer I Humbleley waite for.1

Thos Mahoney

Copy, DLC:GW.

1On 1 Aug. 1786 Mahony (Mahoney) first signed Articles of Agreement to serve GW at Mount Vernon as a house carpenter and joiner for one year for £30 and keep. Tobias Lear responded to Mahony’s letter for GW on 4 April: “The General has received your letter of yesterday and desires me to inform you that he [will] not give you any more than twenty four pounds per year and the making of Clothes Shoes &c. as he mentioned to you here. He thinks this sum is fully equal if not better than the wages which he gave you when you worked for him last year, as every article of produce &c. by which wages should be regulated is much cheaper now then at that time. If you incline to come upon those terms you will inform me by the bearer or come down your self tomorrow or next day” (DLC:GW). Mahony signed articles of agreement on 15 April 1788 (DLC:GW) accepting GW’s terms. He continued in GW’s employ until 1792 (see Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 236, 271, and 331).

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