George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Neil McCoull, 12 August 1788

From Neil McCoull

Fred[ericksbur]g 12th Augt 1788


I have your Bond per £450 dated 12th Decemr 1774 & payable 10th Novemr 1775 to Mr Alexr Blair & myself—Mr Blair being since deceased I am to request you will write me how soon it will be convenient to you to take up this Bond1 and am very respectfully—Sir Your mo: Obt hu: Servt

Neil McCoull


1GW wrote to James Mercer from Mount Vernon on 17 Aug.: “Dear Sir, By the last Post I received the enclosed letter from Mr McCoull—to whh I have given the answer that accompanies it. I pray your direction for my conduct, as there can be little doubt, of Mr McCoulls intention to prosecute the Bond—since he has made application for payment of it after what has passed between you and him on the subject. I am Dr Sir, Yrs &c. Go. Washington” (LB, DLC:GW). On the same day GW wrote McCoull: “Sir, In answer to your letter of the 12th inst. The Honble Judge Mercer (with whom I have settled for the Bond therein mentioned and to whom I beg leave to refer) can better than I, inform you, and I hope he will do it satisfactorily, of the circumstances which attends this case. I am &c. G. Washington” (LB, DLC:GW). James Mercer had agreed to relieve GW of the payment of £450 for George Mercer’s half of Four Mile Run tract which GW purchased in 1774, in return for GW’s crediting the John Mercer estate with the payment of that amount on its debt to GW. For a fuller explanation of this, see GW to James Mercer, 19 Nov. 1786, n.1.

Neil McCoull and Alexander Blair were the Virginia attorneys for English creditors of the late George Mercer.

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