From James Keith
Alexandria Novr 18th 1797
The Letter referred to by Mr Washington came directly to myself, inclosing my appointment as a Commissioner in Chancery, and informing me that your Accounts respecting your administration of Colvills Estate were referred by the Court to be examined by me1—he mentioned that he had transmitted to you the order for the Settlement and woud in due Season transmit whatever papers he had respecting that Business—He informs me that the Order of Court must be published for a month in the Alexandria Gazette—and the time fixed upon for auditing the Accounts made known at the foot of the Order, Copy of the Order served upon Mr West with a Notification of the time for the Reveiw of the accounts2—As the Defendants live out of the Country a considerable length may be necessary to allow for entering upon the Business I woud wish to be made acquainted with what you suppose to be a reasonable time before I determine any thing respecting it. I am with great Respect your Excellencys most obedt hble Servt
2. For a discussion of the settlement of Thomas Colvill’s estate, see George Pearson to GW, 12 May 1797, n.1. Keith’s notice regarding the settlement of the Colvill estate, including the text of the order of the court of chancery, appeared in the Columbian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette on 5 Dec. 1797 and 4 Jan. 1798.