George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William B. Harrison, 24 April 1799

From William B. Harrison

Wednesday Evening April 24th [17]99

Dr Sir

I have Recevd yours of the 10th Instant & Return my Sincear thanks for your spontanious favours to me & will do my Self the Honor to take a bed with you & accept the Services of your Clerk to Survey my Lands[.] on the 14th of may I shall be down for that perpose I Expect & have no doubt but I can get Chain carriers amongst my tenants it is out of my power to be down sooner if that Time will suit you if not I will put it off untill it will[.] if I do not hear from you to the Contrary between this & that I shall expect the time fixed as above & will be down accordingly. I have the pleasure to Enclose to you A narration of the Elections of this County & faquire[.] that of this County I will vouch for I think that of faquire may be relyd on for I have it from Capt. Crain who this moment gave it me you will discover Ellzey has but one vote in this County which was the vote of ⟨Genl⟩ S⟨t⟩. Mason1 I am with all the Respect A mortal can ⟨illegible⟩ yours &c.

Wm B. Harrison

please Excuse wrote in haste Wm B. H.


1U.S. Senator Stevens Thomson Mason, whose role in opposing Jay’s Treaty had made him an anathema to the Federalists, lived at Raspberry Plain in Loudoun County. William Ellzey, Jr., a county surveyor, at this time was one of the members of the Virginia house of delegates for Loudoun County. Militia captain Joseph Crane of Berkeley County was recommended for a commission in the Provisional Army by Gen. Daniel Morgan and Col. Thomas Parker (see Morgan to GW, 12 June, n.1).

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