George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Montgomerie, 29 March 1789

From Thomas Montgomerie

Dumfries [Va.] 29th March 1789

Dear Sir

I find Mr Dunlop had not parted from any of the money in his hands1—he has however been dispppointed, as yet, in receiving the sum expected from Govr Lee—notwithstanding which there is still a considerable sum of money collected, which is either paid into your hands by this time, or will be with you in a few days—It is however difficult to procure money for bills at this time, and I mentioned to him the facility of passing drafts on Phila., where I have money ready, to the amount of the Baltimore payment you mentioned—you will probably be informed by this time of the extent of the remittance you desire to make to Baltimore, which you will be pleased to communicate to Mr James Dunlop of George Town on application, who will in every respect endeavour to facilitate that or any other payments in whatever quarter you desire—I have reason to believe from Mr Dunlops correspondence that in a few Months the amount of the whole Bond may be discharged—It will give me pleasure that a speedy period should be put to transactions you seem so desirous should be terminated—I have the honor to be with great regard Dear Sir Your most Obt Servt

Thos Montgomerie

1James Dunlop, a Georgetown tobacco merchant and one of Robert Morris’s agents in Virginia for the purchase of tobacco for the French Farmers General, was the agent in charge of collecting a debt due to Thomas Colvill’s estate from the assignees of John Semple, who had purchased the Merryland tract from Colvill. See Montgomerie to GW, 24 Oct. 1788, source note. On 27 April GW received £600 “by Cash of Stewart &c. Semples securities for the payment of the Balance of the Maryland Tract” (Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 16). See also Dunlop to GW, 3 April, GW to Dunlop, 6 April, and GW to Montgomerie, 6 April 1789.

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