George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George McCall, 22 July 1783

Glasgow 22d July 1783


Having formerly had the Honor of Your Acquaintance, chiefly through means of my intimacy with our Worthy Friend Colol F. Lewis & his Family, I am encouraged to use the freedom of this Address.

Allow me to inform your Excellency that I have been publickly declared Bankrupt, and imprisoned; for the heinious Crime of having a very decent fortune lockt up from me, (for a time) by means of a National Contest.

Tho this inhumane Conduct, was the Act of a Single Man; yet it has produced in me, Such feelings as most Affectionate Parents (with a Numerous young Offspring) wou’d be Susceptable of; But these I think wou’d soon be Wore off, by my again Returning to Virginia, & with my family.

Six boys, & three girls, may perhaps be, in time, an Aquisition to the State; & I need Scarsely inform Your Excellcy that we cou’d live more Comfortably on a Small fortune, & employ it to more advantage in Virginia, than on this Island.

For these reason I beg leave to Sollicit, that you may Honor;& comfort me, by Saying, You will contenance Us.

That my intention of Emigrating to Virga, is no New Idea I have in my possession many letters to prove; as far back as the year 1773. from under the hand of my unfortunate Friend Colo. Geo. Mercer, & my Correspondence to my good Friend Charles Yates of Fredsburg will Corroberate that truth.

At that period, I was Under terms, & had long lodged £1000 Slng in London, for the purchase of a Lott of Land on the Ohio, but Circumstances Since prevented its taking place.

I have great Reason to make many Appollogies for troubling Your Excellency with so long a letter; But these wou’d only Add to its length. Your Generous Heart will point out excuses for me. I have the Honor to be with most Sincere Respect, & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & very Hble Servant

George McCall

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