From Charles Carter, Jr.
Fredericksburg February 6th 1790
I am this moment acquainted by Colo: Ball with yr answer respe[c]ting the proposals he made you on my behalf for yr house & <Lotts> in this place—I have for some time had it in contemplation to write you on this subject, but consider’d my self in some measure precluded by the valuation, the particulars of which were communicated to you in a letter from Colo: Ball & myself—It appears to be the general <sentiment> to which the valuers themselves now subscribe, that their valuation far exceeded the real worth of the property—It was under this impression that I presumed to offer the terms Colo: Ball communicated to you in his last letter. Should my proposals be agreable to you I shall be very well pleased, tho’ I shall be equally well pleased to submit the terms wholly to yourself—The business, you were so obliging as to consign to the joint management of Mrs Lewis Colo. Ball & myself, being nearly compleated; we shall in the course of a few weeks forward you an account of our administration—we endeavoured to conform as nearly as possible to yr directions & trust that the parties concerned are not dissatisfied with our conduct1—Mrs Carter desires me to present her most respectful complements to Mrs Washington & yrself to which be pleased to add mine. I am with every sentiment of respect yrs &c.
Chas Carter Junr
1. GW’s reply to Carter of 8 Mar. 1790 reads: “Re-examining some letters, which in the hurry of business had been laid by, I find your favor of the 6 ultimo among them, and not being able to recollect whether I gave it an answer in the order of its date, I now inform you that it will be quite agreeable to me that you should have my lots in Fredericksburg for the sum, and on the terms of payment communicated by you through Colo. Ball. and I hope according to the intimation, there given, that they are now in your occupancy.
“I will at any time make deeds of transfer. Present my love to Mrs Carter and my Sister, in which Mrs Washington joins me. With great esteem and regard, I am, dear Sir, Your most obedient and affectionate humble Servant” (LB, DLC:GW).