George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Herbert, 4 October 1798

To William Herbert

Mount Vernon 4th Oct. 1798.

Dear Sir,

A day or two ago, I received the enclosed letter—Will you be so good as to enable me to answer it.1

Observing to you, not long since, that the want of money prevented my doing something (I have forgot now what) you said, if I understood you rightly, that I might be accomodated at the Bank of Alexandria.

I think it not unlikely that in the course of next spring, or summer, if I undertake a measure which is in contemplation, that I shall have occasion for a larger Sum than I see a prospect of receiving from what is due to me. Let me ask then (if I was not mistaken in what you said) what sum you think I could obtain? On what terms? for what time? and what security wd be required?2 I am Dear Sir Yr Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW enclosed the letter from Andrew E. Belknap of 20 Sept., which is in a note to GW to Belknap, 8 October.

2See the reply of 5 Oct. from Herbert, president of the Alexandria bank. See also GW to Herbert, 8 Oct., n.1.

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