George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edward Graham, 3 September 1796

Lewisburgh Greenbrier Coty Septr 3d 1796


It is supposed by many that your lands on the Kenhawa & Ohio rivers will not be sold advantageously untill some person is invested with authority to retail them out in small tracts—You know before this Date how far the plan contained in your Advertisements has succeeded—If any considerable quantity of the aformentioned lands yet remain unsold & you still wish to dispose of them by sale, I am willing to undertake the business if you should think me a proper person to entrust with it.

My character & connections you may learn from the Honbl. Andrew Moore who has been acquainted with me many years—The Honbl. Messrs Hancock & Preston also know something of me.

I went through the course of study usual at public Seminaries, under the care of my Brother the Rev: William Graham at Liberty Hall Accademy—From there I went to New London in Campbell County & the Accademy at present established at that place took its rise under my immediate tuition—From New london I was called to Liberty Hall to assist as tutor under my Brother—Last Spring I resigned my place at the Academy & removed to Kenhawa which is my present place of residence & I practice law there & in this County.

I have given you these outlines of my history that you may the better judge how far I might suit the business for which I offer myself & that you may the better know what enquiries to make respecting me if you should think my proposals worthy your attention.

My proposals you will readily perceive are very indefinite; the reason is, I do not know in what manner you might wish your lands disposed of—However I would expect to attend to the division of the land agreeably to the directions that might be given, pay all expences of Surveying &c., transmit to you the monies arising from the sales, give security for the due performance of my part of the contract & as a compensation for my trouble & expence receive a certain proportion of the land.

You will please to transmit me an answer as soon as convenient—It may be sent to the post office in Lewisburgh. I am Sir with respect your Hble Sert

Edw: Graham

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