To William Stoy
Mount Vernon 17th Mar. 1798
Your letter of the 28th Ulto came safe, but was sometime longer than might have been expected, on its way.
As I think your charge for the prescription & application to Christopher (my servant), who was supposed to be bitten by a mad dog, is a very reasonable one, I send you enclosed a five dollar bank note of Alexandria (having no other paper money by me); without enquiring whether your not having received four dollars before, proceeded from the neglect of the Servant, or any other person.
Christopher continues to do well, & I believe is now free from apprehension of any bad consequences from the bite. I shall beg to be informed of your receipt of this letter, being unwilling that you should go unpaid.1 I am Sir Your Very Hble Servant
ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers.
1. Stoy replied on 6 July: “According to your earnest and strict request in your letter of march last past I acknowlegde the receipt thereof and of the inclosed Alex[andri]a Bank note of five dollars. I did not write to you for money: for that would have been too trifling and mean. I would not wish to stand in any mans estimation as a cheat and a cheating bankrupt Slough in Lancaster Shall not defame me, & I still hope your Servant Christopher is not intimate with Sloughs villainy. & therefore I Should have been glad of & satisfied with your enquiring into the matter” (DLC:GW).