George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomson Mason, 24 May 1799

To Thomson Mason

Mount Vernon 24th May [17]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

Go: Washington

ALS, PHi: Washington Manuscripts.

1Mason 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).

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