George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Wilson Allen, 17 June 1799

To Wilson Allen

Mount Vernon 17th June 1799


Your favor of the 29th ulto has been duly received, and would have been earlier acknowledged had I not been in daily expectation of seeing Mr Bushrod Washington on his Circuit.

Fearing he may have taken another route, or passed by without calling, I delay no longer to declare; that I think as you do, that his advice was given on mistaken ground; and in that case, a Deed from General Lee to me for the same land which he inform’d me, he had sent to your Office sometime ago for the purpose of recording, has taken a wrong course also.

Under this view of the matter I would pray you to withhold the recording of both (unless some evil may result from the delay) until I can know his sentimts on the subject, after he is possessed of a complete knowledge of the circumstances; or you yourself should be thoroughly satisfied of the right course for me to take, to give these Conveyances legal, & unequivocal effect.1 I thank you for your former sentiments on this point, as I shall do for any further information respecting it, being Sir, Your most Obedt & Very Hble Ser⟨vt⟩

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ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

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