Alexandria July 18th 1796
Mr Craik has deposited in the Bank the money your Excellency directed, and procured a Receipt from the Cashier which I hope will be conformable to your Expectations: The Deposit is entered on the Bank Books in the Stile of the Receipt. There is no Vessell bound from this place to Europe in any short time. The Executors of Colo. Colville inserted their Advertisement notifying his Death and Residuary Legacy of Colo. Colville in one of the Newcastle papers, in that place it may best answer to publish the decree of the High Court of Chancery and the deposit made by you in the Bank of Alexandria in pursuance of it. Mr Hodgson went to England last Spring with an Intention to return this Fall, if he does, he will leave England before a Letter can reach that Country. If I Remember right Mr Rumney of that house had powers of Attorney from some of the Claimants of Colo. Colville’s Legacy to state their Claims and receive payments of their dividends—if it be so, he appears the most proper person to apply to on this Occasion. A short Advertisement in your Name explanatory of the Decree may not be improper. If your Excellency approves of an Advertisement, shall I draw it up and write to Mr Rumney on the Subject, or woud your Excellency prefer doing it yourself. I am with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedt hble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.