George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John William Bronaugh, 28 August 1796

Philadelphia 28th Augt 1796


Among the first things I did after my arrival in this City, was to look for the Bond given to me by your father, for conveyance of the land he sold me on the Great Kenhawa; [a]nd among my Papers for those Lands I found the Bond; but could find no Deed conveying the said Land, although in the same bundle I perceived conveyances from others, from whom I had made similar purchases. I have, notwithstanding, some recollection that your father has made, or did propose to make me, a Deed for the 2000 acres of land that is mentioned in the Bond; but as there is no such Deed among those Papers which contain my title to the Lands on the Kenhawa, As the recollection of what I have mentioned above (from the deversified scenes I have passed through since) is more like a dream than reality—and as the Bond is of no importance to him—if he has complied with the Conditions of it—but all important to me if he has not—I shall postpone the surrender of it until the fact respecting this matter can be explained.

Let me pray you therefore to learn from your father when, and where the conveyance was made—and if he is enabled so to do—to inf[orm] me in what Court it was recorded—for if the event did happen (as I presume it did) the Deed as it is not among my Land Papers must be in the Clerks Office where it was deposited for the purpose of recording. I am—Sir Your very Hble Servt

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