Alexandria Augt 29th 1796
On Monday the 22d inst. I was honor’d with your letter of the 19th. Mr Gill set out for Baltimore on Monday & did not return ’till friday night, I waited on him on Saturday & now take the first opportunity of forwarding his Answer.
The Bank Shares which he proposes to put you in possession of as a security for your land are not yet in his power, nor will they perhaps for some time—Upon the Sale of this Land & what he purchased from Doctr Dick, which he thinks can be readily effected, when he can give assurance that a deed in Fee simple will be given, he entertains no doubt but the security offer’d to you can be immediately obtained but could not make this promise untill your consent was first had. Mr Gill does not seem to have the most distant Idea of getting a deed from you untill he fully complies with his proposal untill which time the Property of course is security to you.
The day after I had the pleasure of seeing you I had an opportunity of writing to Mr Anderson by a Mr Garnet (the present proprietor of traveller’s Rest) he assured me that it should be deliver’d in a short time after he got home, & same time Spoke much in Anderson’s favor. I mention’d to him that it was your desire he should be informed that you would be at Mount Vernon about the first of Octor when he might have an opportunity of an interview & you might form a more just opinion of his pretensions & expectations. It will always afford me the greatest pleasure to have an opportunity of being in the least serviceable to you here & am with unfeign’d wishes for your health & happiness Dear Sir your mo. Obedient Hble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.