Philadelphia 13th Jan. 1797
My dear Sir,
It is nearly, if not quite a month, since I enclosed you a letter from the Revd Mr Van Vleck, agreeing to take Colo. Ball’s daughter, along with Maria.
In that letter, he mentioned his terms; his wishes to know their exact ages; and informed you what necessaries they ought to come provided with. To these I added, that knowing many unsuccessful attempts had been made to get girls admitted to that School, the reception of Maria & her cousin ought to be considered as a favor; and hoped that Colo. Ball would be pointed in complying with the terms, & requisitions. I requested too, that you would write Mr Van Vleck (I think I added under cover to me) the precise time the girls were to enter. Since then I have heard nothing from you, on this subject.
That letter was accompanied with Fulton’s treatise (quarto) on the improvement of Canal Navigation, which I meant to deposit in your hands until my return to Mount Vernon. No acknowledgment of this neither, leads me to apprehend a miscarriage of them, and is the cause of these details.
Another subject indeed, has stimulated the present address. I have been asked, with a degree of solicitude from the War Office, to what cause is to be ascribed the non-execution, or not coming forward of the Deeds for the land, on which the Arsenal on Shenandoah is to be erected, as these were promised in a letter from you, dated early in August; since which nothing has been communicated, and is embarrassing to that Department; as the necessary items, & information, cannot accompany the accounts of it, in the manner that is expected. On many accounts, I hope this matter will come forward without delay & particularly for the reasons I have mentioned. With Sincere esteem & regard I am Your Affectionate
DLC: Papers of George Washington.