George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Joseph Riddle, 21 June 1798

From Joseph Riddle

Alex [andri] a June 21st 1798


Mr Anderson Called on me to know to whom & when I paid the Rent of the House occupied By me last year.

As I Rented the House of Mr Lear under the impression that it was his—I paid him on the 25th august One Hundred Dollars for the first half years Rent ending 1st of that Month—& I had Mr Lears note for upwards of Nine Hundred Dollars—in part of which I propose Discounting the Last half years Rent.1 Yrs Respectfully

Joseph Riddle


Joseph Riddle & Co. was a business firm in Alexandria as early as 1792.

1GW wrote Lear on 25 June and again on 26 June reprimanding him for receiving money due GW without permission and without notifying him. Lear sent GW a copy of his account with him, which GW acknowledged on 4 July.

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