Philadelphia 5th June 1796
The letter you left with Mr Kitt—the one you wrote from Shippensburgh and another from Greenbriar Court house dated the 10th Ulto have all been recd.
It can excite no wonder and a little [ ] the manner, and other circumstances attending your departure [from] this place, was not more displeasing than it was surprising: not only to me, but to every one else; and opened the door for variety of conjectures; some of them you may be sure not favorable; and more or less [so] according to the knowledge People had of you. All this is natural, and what you must have made your mind up for.
For myself, as I always entertained a good opinion of your honor and honesty, vexation at being left in the manner I was in the midst of busy, and perplexing [scenes], without a moments intimation of the event, or knowing where to apply for aid, was all that inclined to put the business into your hands, and allow you the profits arising from the management thereof, allowing a Commission upon the Sales, which is to embrace the expence of laying off the Lots. Yourself, which you may soon learn to do.
[ ] you remain in the mind you were at the date of your letter of the 10th Ulto; which did not get to my hands until the 3d instant, it will be necessary for me to see, or at least to have a direct communication opened with you, on the first of September, that the business may be fully arranged, and a plan devised for the prosecution of it.
On Monday the 13th I expect to leave this City for Mount Vernon; but as [ ] to meet the offers which may be made me, as to attend to the business of the Public (from which I cannot be absent longer) it is my intention to return to this place again (alone) before the day above mentioned. By, or before which give me all the information you can, in writing, if I shd not see you, of the value of my lands, or rather, from what you can collect from others, what they would sell for, divided into any sized lots to suit the purchasers.
Your Aunt and Washington join me in affectionate regard for you, and I am Your [ ] friend
P.S. As it may be of Service to you, and others also, I enclose a print of my Advertisement.
NN: Papers of George Washington.