George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Dandridge, 28 February 1791

From John Dandridge

Richmond [Va.] Feby 28th 1791


Mr Lewis A. Pauly, who will present this to you, having some propositions of a public nature to make, which relate to the military establishments of the United States & which will most probably come to your consideration, I take the liberty of informing you, in his behalf, that I have known him for several years as a respectable & honest man in my neighbourhood. Mr Pauly came into this Country, from France as a Creditor of the State of Virginia, & has established his demands. He is now married & settled here, & from my particular opportunity of knowing him, I think he will not deserve to be considered as a common adventurer. You will excuse this communication from me, as an act of friendly respect which Mr Pauly’s acquaintance with me & conduct towards me intitles him to.1

You will be so good as to remember ⟨me⟩ dutifully & affectionately to my Aunt, & believe me to be with the most respectful esteem yr Obt Sert

J. Dandridge


1The claims of Lewis (Louis) Abraham Pauley (Pauly) (c.1743–1828) against the state of Virginia were first presented in 1790 but remained unsettled as late as 1804, when he succeeded in a suit to recover his claims (Calendar of Virginia State Papers, description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 vols. Richmond, 1875–93. description ends 5:227; Shepherd, Virginia Statutes, description begins Samuel Shepherd, ed. The Statutes at Large of Virginia, from October Session 1792, to December Session 1806, Inclusive. n.s. 3 vols. Richmond, 1835–36. description ends 3:157). Pauley apparently obtained an interview with GW, but no further mention of his propositions has been found in GW’s papers.

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