State of New York Augt 15th 1783.
I have lately been favord with a Letter from you dated 28th of Feby in the present year; and as it is impossible for me, by any personal enquiries or application, to assist you in the recovery of your Brother’s Debts, I have transmitted your Letter and Acct to an acquaintance of mine in Norfolk in Virginia, Thos Newton Esqr.—a Gen’man of character; & one who must have been intimately acquainted with your friends & their circumstances—This honor I had not—as the place of my Residence (when at home) is distant more than two hundred miles from Norfolk, and nearly as many from Gloucester.
I wish Madam it was in my power to do more to oblige you than this Letter indicates—The distance I am at from Virginia & the important charge committed to my care (which engrosses my whole time & attention) will not admit it. You will please to accept my thanks for the favorable Sentiments you have expressed for me. I am Yr Most Obedt Serv.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.