George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Gill, 26 March 1795

From John Gill

Alexandria [Va.] 26th March 1795


Since I had the Pleasure of seeing you here, I have been up & examined your Land on Difficult, I therefore now have it in my Power to make you an offer for it, vizt Three hundred Dollars per Annum on Lease of Twenty One years, with the Priviledge of having a fee Simple when I may wish it, by paying you five Thousand Dollars, when the rent of course ceases, which I believe is nearly your own Terms If this Suits you I should be glad of a Line saying so1 & any further necessary Agreement can be executed when you come to Mount Vernon, which I understand from my Neighbour Dr Craik will be in the course of the Spring, I have only to add that the rent shall be pointedly & punctually paid, when & where you shall require, I am Sir Yr Mo. Obed. servt

John Gill


1GW replied to Gill on 1 April: “Having had a more advantageous offer for my land on Difficult run, than that which is contained in your letter of the 26th ultimo; it follows of course, that the one made by you, cannot be agreed to.

“I have not acceded to the offer wch I have just alluded to, nor shall I dispose of the Land until I come to Virginia and can obtain more accurate information, than I am able to do at this distance, of the rise, & present price of lands within the distance mine is to the federal city &ca, with the advantages it possesses.

“If you should think proper to co⟨me⟩ forward again, when I am there, w⟨ith n⟩ew propositions, I shall be ready to hear them” (ALS [letterpress copy], DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW).

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