George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Pearce, 11 February 1794

From William Pearce

Mountvernon Feby 11th 1794


I Recevd your letter of the 3rd Instant with Mr Howel Lewiss Draught on Mr Ross which he acknoledgs to pay within the time limmited.1

I have paid Mr Dulany for Mrs French & Taken his Rece[i]p[t] as you directed me.2

Mr Stewarts Daughter at River farm is Dead—she died Last thirsday night & that is the Reason he gave in no Report for last week.3

The new barn is not yet done, but Green Sais that they will Git it done next week—but I doubt it—they go on Very Slow with thare business Green him Self has been Very ⟨u⟩nwell for some Time & Still Continues so—and I find him But a Very trifling person at best, and not fit to have the Charge of hands—but If he was Turned off I do not know whare to Git a Man to Soply his place & the negro Carpenters Could not Go on with the Business with out some person to durect them4—your House & stable In Alexandria wants a Good deal of Repairing & the fence is quite gone—And as your Carpenters have a Great deal of work to do on your farms—I thought I would Mention to you that I thought, prhaps it would be Better to hire Carpenters at town to do the work—and for this Reason, Green is fond of drink & So are all your Carpente[r]s—that I am affraid that as they would have it In their power to Git it often they would neglect thare work worse than do hire[.] you will please to direct what you think best in this matter—the Swamp at dogue Run is so full of water that thare Can be no work done in it, nor on the new Mill Race—I have got the Ditchers a Giting of post & Rails to make up the fence that Runs up from the mill.5 I am Sir with the Greatest Respect Your Humbl. Servt

William Pearce


1On this draft, see n.3 of GW to Pearce, 3 February.

2On GW’s instructions to obtain a receipt from Benjamin T. Dulany, and for GW’s financial arrangements with Dulany and his mother-in-law, Penelope French, see GW to Pearce, 26 Jan., and n.10.

3The daughter of overseer William Stuart died on Thursday, 6 February. The enclosed farm reports for 2–8 Feb. noted that the report from River farm was absent (DLC:GW).

4According to the carpenters’ report of 9 Feb., which Pearce included with the enclosed farm reports, overseer Thomas Green and the slave carpenters spent over half their working time the previous week on the new barn at Dogue Run farm (DLC:GW). On the design of this sixteen-sided treading barn, see GW to Anthony Whitting, 28 Oct. 1792, and enclosure.

5Pearce had received instructions regarding the house in Alexandria, Va., in GW’s letter of 12 Jan. and instructions concerning the race for the gristmill and the fence that ran from the mill in GW’s letter of 19 January.

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