To Thomson Mason
Mount Vernon 24th May 99
I mean to renew the outer fence, on the line between you and me, & in a manner more substantial than usual.
Mr Anderson will explain the method by wch I propose to accomplish this, to you; and ask your leave to profit by your Ditch, & present fence: which can be attended with no temporary inconvenience to yourself—and may, ultimately, be of singular advantage to you, as well as myself; as my fence may subserve your purposes as well as my own.1 With esteem & regard I am—Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt
ALS, PHi: Washington Manuscripts.
1. Mason replied later in the day from Hollin Hall: “Mr [James] Anderson has delivered me yours of this Date and has explained to me the Method by which you propose to renew the Fence between you & me; I am very glad to find you are about to adopt this plan, and you are perfectly at Liberty to make use of my Fence & Ditch for the purpose, I have no Doubt but we shall both find our advantage in it” (DLC:GW).