George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, Jr., 26 July 1797

From Henry Lee, Jr.

Alexandria] 26th July [1797]

My Dear Sir

In reply to your letr by your servt this evening, I can only say, that my recollection of the lands sold to you, authorizes me to consider every fair attempt to wrest your title to them as the result of error—In Kentucky, I am told, too often are efforts of another sort made to deprive real owners of their property.

I know that all the money due on the purchase of the lands you hold thro me has been paid & that my title from Doctor Skinner is unimpeachable—I will endeavor to collect full information on this subject & then again write to you 1—most respy & aflfy yrs



1For GW’s purchase of Lee’s land on Rough Creek in Kentucky, see particularly Alexander Spotswood to GW, 31 Mar. 1797, n.1. Dr. Alexander Skinner (1743–1788), surgeon in Henry Lee’s Legion during the Revolution, left at his death much of his estate including his Kentucky lands to Lee (see GW to Lee, 30 Nov. 1788, n.1).

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