George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Stuart, 27 April 1799

From David Stuart

Alexa[ndria] 27th Apl 1799

Dear Sir,

I found that the letter you had recieved, had been printed a month ago—and had been commented on very properly by Coll Simms—Of this I had no recollection, and I Suppose it had escaped you—It seems, great quantities of them were brought down by the members on their return from Congress—It is therefore clear, it was a fabrication for the express purpose of promoting their interest in the elections—As it had been published, and commented on, I thought it unnecessary to have it published again, with any comments1—The money I expected from Baltimore has not yet come, but from the character of the person on whom the draft is, I think there can be [no] doubt of it, in the course of a day or two2—You have, I suppose—heard that Marshall is certainly elected—There is a report that Lee is allso elected, tho’ it wants confirmation—I fear it is too true that Nicholas is elected.3 I am Dr Sir with great respect Your affecte Servt

Dd Stuart


1The letter has not been identified. Colonel Simms is Charles Simms of Alexandria.

2Stuart wrote GW again on 2 May about this payment due from the estate of John Parke Custis for the rent of Martha Washington’s dower lands. See note 1 of that document.

3Edward Carrington wrote to GW from Richmond on 25 April to report John Marshall’s election, and Bushrod Washington wrote from Westmoreland County on 26 April confirming that Henry Lee had won.

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