New Kent June 23: 1796
I cannot help saying that I am sorry to be obliged sometimes to trespass on the little time that you have to spare from attending to the many cares which your public & private affairs must ingage you in; but I will not aggravate my trespass by a tedious apology.
Being about to remove some distance from where I now live, & being possessed of the wives & children of Frederic & George two of the Slaves lent by you to my Mother, they will be separated unless I can purchase them of you: I will therefore thank you to say whether I can have them & at what prices. They sold each at £60—under your execution & I suppose both about 31 or 32 years of age—A boy called Burwell now about 14 yrs old & another called pleasant about 11 or 12 yrs old have been raised by relations in my Family, & these I shall also be glad to purchase in the same way if you have no objections.
My mother shall not be injured by parting with them as I will take care to compensate her for the use of them. I am respectfully yr obt Sert
Burwell sold @ £22.10
pleasant @ 13.10
DLC: Papers of George Washington.