From Francis Peyton
⟨Loudo⟩un County [Va.] Feby 12. 1789.
some time last fall I inclosed you a Copy of the within Acct but not hearing from you induces me to believe my Letter miscarried my not applying to Mr Washington in your absence for the money was that having delivered you Dawsons Order I had nothing to Support my claim tho’ I requested him to Write you respecting it but never was informed by him whether he did so or not—if you know the Acct to be Just you will please Order me payment when Convenient.1 I have the Honor to be with great Respect Your Most Obt Hble Servt
1. GW stayed with Peyton in 1774 when he attended the sale of George Mercer’s estate in Loudoun County (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:292). This 1775 account was for £19 for a wagonload of wheat delivered to GW in 1774 by William Dawson, overseer for the Mercer family. Peyton wrote GW concerning the account on 1 June 1788: “I have the Honor to inclose you an Acct which I am Satisfied you have forgot or thought it must have been paid by Mr [Lund] Washington in your Absence which I suppose would have been the case had I . . . been in possession of Dawsons Order but as I had delivered it to you I had nothing to Support the Charge. I once Wrote to Mr Washington on the Subject requesting him to inquire of you as to it’s legality but never received any Answer from him.”