George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Spotswood, 28 October 1797

From Alexander Spotswood

Newpost Octr 28 1797

Dear Sir

I am just returned from Richmond, and am happy to inform you, That I have at last procured a man, who I beleive is capable of acting as a household Steward, and pleased with the Idea of entering into your Service.

his name is Rawlins; and Recommended to me by his brother; who Says, he is 22 years of age, writes a fine hand, and well acquainted with figures, haveing been brought up in a Store, and the last year lived with him; he also gives me every assurance, of his Sobriety, and good Moral character; and Says if Necessary; he can bring with him a Recommendation from Mr John Hoomes—as to the young man, I Can Say nothing of—but his Brother I have known for upwards of 15 yrs as a Tavern keeper, on the road from this to Richmond—he is a Sensible man & of genteel deportment; and from the attention that he is treated with by every person I beleive him to be a Respectable man; and his recommendation of his brother to be depended on—who he assures me will Suit & please you—I have Told him the Salary was £50 pr yr—but that I would not agree for his brother to proceed on to Mt Vernon Until I had first wrote & recd yr answer—which I wish you to forward as early as possible.1 My family desires to be rem[em]bered Affectionately to you Mrs Washington and the young ladies—and well as Dr Sr Yr very Affectionate Hble st

A. Spotswood


1Albin Rawlins came to Mount Vernon in March 1798 as a clerk, and on the day of GW’s death he was at work making copies of GW’s letters and helping to get his papers in order. For GW’s hiring of Rawlins as his clerk rather than as a steward, see GW to Spotswood, 1 Nov. 1797, Rawlins to GW, 26 Jan., 7, 16 Feb. 1798, and GW to Rawlins, 12 Feb. 1798.

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