George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Price, 2 December 1799

To William Price

Mount Vernon 2d Decr 1799


I have been duly favoured with your letter of the 25th Ulto, enclosing a copy of the Survey made for William Shepherd, for four & three quarter acres, and the form of a Caveate against the issuing a Patent therefor.1

I cannot from the survey, discover with precision where this land lays, and therefore shall give no further opposition to the Grant of it. If it be, where I suspect, it is within the bounds of a Patent under which I hold, of more than sixty years standing—of course, cannot effect it.2

I am sorry that I have given you so much trouble in this business, at the sametime that I feel obliged by the prompt and ready advice you have been so kind as to give me for the prosecution of it. From what I had heard of Shepherd’s Survey, I conceived differently of its object. I am Sir—Your Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, Vi; ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers. The ALS is docketed, “No Answer.”

1Letter not found.

2For GW’s dispute with William Shepherd over nonexistent vacant land at Difficult Run, see GW to Price, 7 Nov., n.1. On 8 Sept. 1800 Shepherd secured a grant for a tract of 4¾ acres (no. 514) across Difficult Run from GW’s property, “Adjacent [John] Lewis and [Bryan] Fairfax, beginning corner Lewis’s 337 acre tract and Fairfax[’s] 5568 acres” (Mitchell, Fairfax County Patents and Grants, description begins Beth Mitchell. Beginning at a White Oak . . . Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County Virginia. Fairfax, Va., 1977. description ends 245).

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