George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Addison, 24 November 1799

To Alexander Addison

Mount Vernon 24th Novr 1799


Your favour of the 8th instant came duly to hand. Whatever is found to be the contents of the Land I sold to the deceased Colo. Ritchie, by ⟨firm⟩ and actual measurement I shall abide by.

I have not heard a tittle from Mrs Ritchie nor her brother in law on the subject of the Instalment, due me, and with pain I add, that if payment of what is due thereon is not immediately made, my own want of money must compel me to put the Bond in Suit. The object I had in selling that, & other lands, is entirely defeated by non-payment of the purchase money, agreeably to contract—and the consequence—a necessity of borrowing from the Banks at a ruinous interest; a measure I never, in the course of my life, have practised until within the present, & last year.

The result of your late Election was painful to hear. With esteem I remain Sir Your most Obedt Hble Servant

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