George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Francis Deakins, 12 June 1799

From Francis Deakins

George Town June 12th 1799


I now enclose you Mr H. Veatches a/c for rents recd of Mrs P. Beall to the 7th May last Since which he has lodged in my Hands two Hogsheads PB 1080 1005–102–903 [;] 1082 1003–97–906—1809 lbs. & there remains 99 lbs. & Some Cost to Close that a/c—which was very doubtfull1 & I find with McDades has gave him more Trouble to Accomplish & Secure then the frugal Salary of 20/ pr Tenant I fixed on them 12 or 15 years ago will recompence—I know him corrict & Honist—& the only one convenient to be relied on in the care of that property—was you to permit him to with hold 20 or 30 Dolls. of the Bond he has to Collect from Reed on McDades a/c it may be advisable—tho he has not applied for it—yet he has observed to me the Extra. Trouble—he has now fixed Tenants of his own procuring who I hope will give but Little Trouble2—The two Hogsheads Tobo & 26 Dolls. in my Hands Shall be pd to your order on Sight—Tobo now Commands at this place 40/ our money.3 I am Sir Your Obedt St

Francis Deakins


1The account of Mrs. Priscilla Beale, a tenant on GW’s land in Montgomery County, Md., covers the interval from 1794, when she became his tenant, until 7 May 1799. It is in DLC:GW following the letter from Deakins. The annual rent was 1,500 lbs. of tobacco. The money value of the payments made before the last two hogsheads were received came to £14.7.5½ Maryland currency; PB 1080 and PB 1082 were the marks or labels of the hogsheads, 1,005 lbs. and 1,003 lbs. were the gross weights of each; 102 and 97 lbs. the weight of the containers; 903 and 906 lbs., the net weight of the tobacco; and 1,809, the total weight of the tobacco.

2GW replied on 16 June: “Dear Sir, Your letter of the 12th instant enclosing one of the 11th of March from Mr Veatch to you, and his settlement with Mrs Priscilla Beall (or rather his a/c with her) has been duly received by me.

“I am willing that Mr Veatch should withhold any part of the Bond he has to collect from Reed on McDades a/c, that you shall think reasonable & just, as compensation for the extra: trouble he has been put to in securing the Rents due from the abovenamed persons, and request that you would be so good as to direct him accordingly, to do so.

“If it would not be giving you two much trouble, I would ask the favor of you to sell the Tobacco recd on a/c of Mrs Beall’s rent, for what it will fetch; and when the Cash is in your hands and I am advised thereof, I will then draw upon you for the amount, and the 26 dollars which are already there. With very great esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your obedt Hble Servt Go: Washington” (letterpress copy, DLC:GW). “The widow McDaid” (Mrs. Patrick McDaid) and “the widow Beall” were two of the three tenants on the 519–acre tract in Montgomery County, Md., at the time that GW took it over from John Francis Mercer in April 1794 (Deakins to GW, 12 June 1794). See also John Francis Mercer to GW, 13 April 1794, Priscilla Beale to GW, 2 April 1797, source note, and Deakins to GW, 21 June 1799. The letter of 11 Mar. 1799 from Hezekiah Veatch to Deakins is in DLC:GW.

3GW wrote Deakins on 26 June: “Dear Sir, Below, is a receipt for the Cash arising from the Sale of the Tobo recd from Mrs Beall on a/c of Rent—and for $26 bale paid you by Mr Veatch. What you have done with that Gentleman is perfectly agreeable to—Dr Sir Your Obedt Hble Servant G. Washington” (letterpress copy, DLC:GW).

The attached receipt reads: “Mount Vernon 26th June 1799 Then received from Colo. Frans Deakins Twenty six dollars—bale of cash paid him by Mr H. Veatch on my a/c for Rent; and One hundred & one dollars & 59 Cents for sales of Tobo recd from Mrs Priscilla Beall on same a/c as below. Go: Washington.

PB 1080 1005 102  903
1082 1003 97  906
1809 @ 5½⟨c.⟩ $99.59
2 Casks 2.  

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