No. 2nd St No. 172 Philad. Sep. 1ST 1796
Observing the period is Expired, by Your Advertisements to receive proposals for your Western Lands, and that Others may be Offered; provided you have, or may Not, incline to Accept Such as have been made; from the Circumstance of my being Engaged to Explore them. And for the purposes I had the honor Of Communicating to your Excellency, I feel unwilling to See the Gentlemen, without having it in my power to Satisfy them, So far at least, As may Enable them to make up their Minds, from my description And your price—should they Enter immediately into Contract with you or Not, I am too Much Effected with the Importance of it, to do any thing in the Matter on my part to show Any precipitancy, As they have promised to Make it Interesting to me should they purchase, this Circumstance will Apprise your Excellency, that my Situation is delicately fixed—Your price And Terms, with the description I Shall hand them will doubtless Incline them to Aceede to your Terms or decline the purchase—For this I Should be Thankful, Giving As Lengthy payments As may be Convenient, to Enable the purchasers to be punctual. Your Notice to this request, will Oblige with Great respect, Your Excellency Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.