George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Addison, 8 November 1799

From Alexander Addison

Pittsburgh 8th Novr 1799


The other week the disputed line of the land you sold to Matthew Ritchie was run by Mr Morgan and another surveyor and settled by consent of Mr Reid who contended. There was very little difference between it and that last marked by Mr Morgan. An old line had been run probably a line of experiment and Reid had run his lines by it. The quantity may be considered as in Morgan’s survey.1

Some time before I left Washington to reside here Mrs Ritchie and her brother in law undertook to make the payment due you. Since I came here I have not heard whether they have done so.2

The event of our election for Governor by the influence of abominable lies on the Germans has been unexpectedly unfortunate.3 I am with the greatest respect Your obedt Servt

Alexr Addison

ALS, NjMoHP: Smith Collection.

1For the question raised by James Reid about the accuracy of a survey made by Charles Morgan fixing the line between Reid’s property and the Millers Run tract that GW sold to Matthew Ritchie in 1796, see Addison to GW, 22 Aug. 1798.

2For references to the payments for the Millers Run tract, see GW to Samuel M. Fox, 10 June 1799, n.1, and Addison to GW, 6 July 1799.

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