George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Peter, 14 June 1798

From Thomas Peter

George Town 14th June 1798

Dr Sir

I have again Received from Mr Francis Deakins some Money on your Account, say Seventy Nine dollars, two Tobacco Notes 1953 lb. Nett & a Statement, all of which you have here inclosed, (the Money counts Eighty dollars which is one more than is your due, but that I have placed to your Account for the want of change to make out the exact sum[)]1—Mrs Peter sends her Love to you, Mrs Washington & Nelly, my very best Respects, & am with much Esteem Dear sir yours Sincy

Thomas Peter


1For recent reports from Thomas Peter regarding the collection of the rents due GW from the tenants on his land in Montgomery County, Md., see Peter to GW, 14, 16 May. The enclosed account which was offered for sale in 1994 by the Gallery of History reads:

Dr. John Warring for Rents due Genl Washington
Jany 1 To Balance per Hez[ekiah] Veatch’s
account rendered
£5.6.9 & 3215 lb.
June 7 By 79 Dolls. pd Fr[ancis] Deakins the above debit £5.6.9 to be deducted & the residue £24.5.9 rated in Tobo at 52/6 per Ct 5.6.9 & 926
By two Tobo Notes JW 714–1080–100–972
JW 715–1086–105–981
Balance due for the rent of 1797 336 lb. Tobo

At the end of the account Francis Deakins wrote to GW: “Sir I Send you through Mr Peter 798 & two Tobo Notes 1953 lb. Recd of John Warring—he & Mrs [Priscilla] Beall I expect are now within what they can accomplish next fall—Mr ⟨illegible⟩ will probably give Mr Veatch Trouble as he has not yet brot in any thing.”

At the bottom of his letter Thomas Peter indicated that the tobacco notes 714 and 715 were for 972 and 981 lbs. of tobacco in “George Town Center Warehouse”; and he also indicated that of the eighty dollars, $20 of it was a U.S. Bank note, $20, $20, and $10 Baltimore Bank notes, and $10 Alexandria Bank notes. See also GW to Thomas Peter, 20 June, and Peter to GW, 2 July.

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