From John Francis Mercer
Marlborough [Va.] Augt 15th 1793.
From Yours of the 7th reach’d me at this place the day before yesterday, whether I came immediately after I left Philadelphia & where I have remain’d during the whole summer—I left the Deed with Doct. James Steuart to be executed by the several parties—he wrote me sometime since1 that this had been done & that the privy examinations were taken by a Judge out of Court, but that some formality still remainin[g] for myself to execute previous to recording—I woud have gone to Maryland for this purpose solely had I expected to have been detain’d here ’till this time—I shall return with my family in two weeks & any formality still requisite (but what it is does not occur) will be completed & the record made & the Deed forwarded agreably to your desire.2 With high respect I am Sir Yr mo: Ob. hb. Servt
John Fs. Mercer
1. The letter from Dr. James Steuart has not been identified.