George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Presley Nevill, 25 April 1794

From Presley Nevill

[Philadelphia] Friday Morng Apl 25th 1794


Your Excellency, when last I had the honor of waiting on you, hinted a wish to change your Agent in Washington County; I believe it would be prudent to do so; the present one is considerably involved, he wants method, & I fear punctuality, of which I had no Idea, till lately.1

There is in the neighbourhood a certain Charles Morgan, whose Integrity & attention may be depended on, if he will undertake the business, I think you will be satisfied. If your Excellency thinks proper to instruct me for the purpose, I will engage him or some other fit person.2

I shall leave Phila. on Monday Morning, and shall be glad to receive your Excellys Commands here or in Pittsburgh. With great respect & Attachment, I’ve the honor to be your very Obt Sert

Presley Nevill


1John Canon was responsible for collecting the rents from GW’s tenants in Fayette and Washington counties, Pennsylvania. On GW’s desire to replace Canon, see his letter to Tobias Lear, 8 April 1793.

2GW replied in a letter to Nevill of 16 June (ALS, [letterpress copy], DLC:GW; LS [duplicate], NN: Myers Collection; LB, DLC:GW). In this letter, GW enclosed a power of attorney of 16 June authorizing Charles Morgan, or whomever Nevill selected, to collect the rents. He also enclosed a letter to Canon of the same date dismissing him from service (both enclosures, ALS [letterpress copy], ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW). Nevill selected Morgan, who accepted the position (Morgan to GW, 26 Nov., DLC:GW).

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