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Permit me to offer you my thanks for your kindness in attending Mrs Washington till she was met by a Gentleman of my family at Bennets Tavern, & for your particular attention to her on the journey—and to assure you that with much esteem & regard I have the honor to be Sir Yr Most obedt Servt DLC .
Letter not found: to David Stuart, 3 Jan. 1799. On 4 Jan. GW wrote Stuart and referred to “a letter I wrote to you yesterday.”
In consequence of a resolution which passed at the last meeting of the Potomk company, and in behalf of the Directors, I transmit the enclosed Petition to you, for the consideration of your Honble House. The Petition is short. We therefore rely on you, if the sentiment shall meet your approbation, for argument in support of it; begging at the sametime (as the sole end is to obtain a more...
On Thursday next at one o’Clock, I mean to pay the last respect to the remains of my deceased Nephew, by having the funeral obsequies performed. Mrs Fanny Washington & myself would be very glad to see you, mistress Stuart & the Girls here on that occasion; for this reason, & knowing they have not the means of getting down, a carriage is sent for them: and I believe it would be extremely...
Enclosed I return the certificates with the Clerks signature of their having passed the Court of Fairfax. What is further necessary I shall rely upon you to have done. Mrs Washington owes Mrs Randolph (the Governors Lady) a bill of 10/ for books bought & sent to the Children of this family, which she requests the favor of you to pay for; and to procure & send to her an Almanack and half a...
Your letter of the 23d, which came duly to hand; still leaves us in a state of suspence with respect to the final decision on the pendent question—and nothing new having happened in this quarter since my last, the principal design of this letter is to afford a cover for Mrs Stuarts; who, no doubt, will have informed you of her own health and that of the little ones, &ca—I shall only add...
From Mr Lund Washington’s I received your letter of the 20th instant, enclosing Mr Hopkins’s Accts, receipts &ca —Enclosed you have a receipt for the amount of your statement; specifying the several articles which constitute the aggregate sum of £567.10.5. I am Yr Affecte & Obedt Servt ALS , owned (1975) by Dr. Ralph F. Brandon, Short Hills, New Jersey. Letter not found, but see John Hopkins...
To the best of my recollection I have sent you Seven numbers of the Fœderalist, under the signature of Publius. The subsequent numbers that have come to my hands, I herewith enclose. Have you received a letter from me, enclosing one for my Nephew Bushrod Washington; containing queries respecting my lands in the Western Country? It is sometime since it was dispatched from this, & having...
As the enclosed will be transmitted to Mr Custis, I will blend nothing else ⟨w⟩ith it; but beg, for the reason therein as⟨si⟩gned that you would contrive it by the first ⟨sa⟩fe conveyance. The Certificates which I thought had ⟨b⟩een sent to you, are found—I suppose, after ⟨th⟩e list was taken, it was found unnecessa⟨ry to⟩ send them, & they were, consequently, with⟨h⟩eld. When Mrs Stuart was...
At length I have received the sheriffs acct against me for Taxes—a copy of which I enclose you. Mr Ratcliff supposes I am well acquainted with the manner of discharging it, but in truth I am not—nor whether his charges are right, or not; I shall thank you therefore for your Inspection, & comparison of it with the revenue Acts; and then, for providing me with the means for discharging it to the...
Your letter of the 3d came duly to hand. I thank you for the communications contained in it, though they are not of the best complexion. ’Tis possible, however, that out of evil good may come. A mark is sometimes overshot, and when this happens to be the case, the shaft is as far from the object as when it passes in the other extreme. We have nothing in this quarter either new or entertaining....
As the enclosed Advertiser contains a speech of Mr Wilson’s (as able, candid, & honest a member as any in Convention) which will place the most of Colo. Mason’s objections in their true point of light, I send it to you. The re-publication (if you can get it done) will be of service at this juncture. His ipso facto objection does not, I believe, require an answer—every mind must recoil at the...
According to promise, you ought to have received the enclosed at an earlier period; but no inconvenience, I apprehend, will arise from my omitting to do it before now. Our best wishes attend you all and I am—Dear Sir Your Affecte Hble Servt ALS , ViHi . The enclosures were probably documents related to the suit brought by Robert Alexander against the estate of John Parke Custis that Stuart had...
The Vessel which brought the inclosed, has delivered the 800 Bushels of Oats for which you contracted with Mr Savage—Besides these, I have taken 100 more; for which I am to pay Flour. L. Washington has taken anothr & the remaining 200 hundred are taken to Alexandria for you. I have engaged this Man to bring the Corn from York River—He expects to stay no longer than Monday (to morrow) at...
Yesterday I wrote two letters to the Commissioners. One public, the other private. The first giving ideas of the compensation which ought to be made them for their past, and an allowance for future services. In doing this I did not, as the Law is silent, chuse to be governed wholly by my own Judgment; and therefore took the opinion of known friends to the District, and to yourselves. The...
Your letter of the 22d Ulto came duly to hand. I shall keep Mr White, with others, in remembrance, for the place suggested; but I shall come to no decision thereon before I arrive at the federal city; which, probably, will happen on the 18th instant if no accident happens on the road; as my present intention is to commence my journey for Mount Vernon on the 14th for a very short stay. The...
Your letter of this date is just received; and the cause why I did not hear from you by the return of my Carriage, was conjectured, as you will perceive by a letter I wrote to you yesterday (covering one from Mrs Washington to Nelly) and sent to the Post Office in Alexandria for conveyance by the Mail. I do not, myself believe, that there will be a call of the augmented Troops to the Field of...
Mrs Washington is prevented from dining with you tomorrow by the arrival of a French Gentleman of Rank—Genl Duplessis—who is introduced, and very warmly recommended to me by the Count de Estaing, the Marqs de la Fayette &ca—in consequence I have persuaded Colo. Humphreys to Postpone his visit to Abingdon. Wishing to shew this Gentleman (Genl Duplessis) all the Civilities in my power, I should...
Bladensburgh [Md.] Oct. 18th 1791 Dear Sir, half past 5 Oclock A. M. I pray you to drop me a line by the Mail of to morrow (which closes in the evening) informing me of the number of Lots sold, and the amount of them. When the business of the meeting is ended I shall be obliged to you for some acct of the final issue of the Sales &ca. I am now writing by Candle light, and this is the only...
As president of the Board of Directors for the Potomac company, I have the honor to enclose you a Petition which we pray you to present to your honorable House; & to use your best endeavours to have the prayer of it enacted into a Law. The petition is so full, & the request of it so reasonable, that we do not suppose there can be the least opposition to it, otherwise than by delay; because the...
I have received your favor of the 15th & thank you for the communications contained in it. In my next I will be more full—The chief, indeed the only object of this letter is, in behalf of Mrs Washington, to request the favor of you to send her by the first Stage, addressed to the care of Mr McCrea, 12 yards of good black crape for a Gown. Neither Alexandria or Annapolis (from the last of which...
The letter from the Commissioners to Mr Jefferson of the has been laid before me, and I have desired him to approve the Contract respecting the bridge over Rock-Creek: but in future, it would be more agreeable to me, after a plan, or the principles leading to the measure, is approved, not to have the details or the execution suspended for a reference to me. Because, to judge properly of the...
Upon the receipt of your favor of the 13th instt I caused enquiry to be made into the foundation for the report which you said was industriously circulated in Richmond, respecting the notice taken of the proposed Constitution by the Assembly of Maryland; and am told that it is a time serving falsehood; as you will be particularly informed by an enclosure from Colo. Fitzgerald. The hopes &...
After closing my letter to you of the 20th I recollected that I had omitted to take notice of your observation respecting Wood covers to Brick or Stone buildings, in the Federal City. It is much to be wished that this evil could be avoided without involving a greater; for it is difficult to decide between things to be wished—and things that are attainable. It has a claim however to...
I have received your favor of the 30th and thank you for the ennumerations contained in it. They are all clear and selfevidt and in some instances may be enlarged. Did you communicate the Plan to Colonels Fitzgerald and Hooe? And how far did you give either, or both, reason to believe they would be recommended to Mr Jefferson? (to whom I shall write as soon as I get to Philada). I wish to be...
If you, or Mrs Stuart could, by indirect means, discover the State of Washington Custiss Mind, it would be to be wished. He appears to me to be moped & Stupid. says nothing—and is always in some hole or corner excluded from Company. Before he left Annapolis, he wrote to me desiring to know whether he was to return there, or not, that he might pack up accordingly—I answered, that I was...
I have received your favor of the 18th, & am exceedingly obliged to you for the Contract you have entered into on my behalf, with Mr Savage, for 800 bushels of Oats. If you can extend the quantity to be had from him, to 1200 bushels in the whole, upon the same terms, it would add greatly to the favor—as my crop of Corn is much worse than I had conceived it to be when I wrote to you last (not...
A few days ago, I received the enclosed letter & copy of an intended address to be presented on thursday next —I have drafted an answer which I pray you to look over, correct, and amend as you may find occasion, & think best. Return it if you please by Austin, or Fanny Bassett. I am glad to hear Mrs Stuart is better—my Compliments & good wishes to her. I am with very great esteem Dr Sir Yr...
I have received your favour of the 4th, and am happy to find that matters so far as you had proceeded, had assumed an auspicious aspect. I hope the good sense of the Country will be superior to, and overcome the local views of some, and the arrogant and malignant pride of others. The decided majority by which the proposed Constitution was ratified in South Carolina, and the almost absolute...
I have given my consent in the manner the law directs, to the agreement you have made with Mr Alexander; and, agreeably to your desire, have this day forwarded it under cover to Mr Lund Washington; being persuaded, under the existing circumstances, it is better to do this than hazard a decision at Law—but it is a strange affair! I wrote to you a few days ago, and directed for you at Abingdon...
Since writing to you by the last Post I have finished the measurement of my Corn, and find that I shall not make half enough to serve me. Permit me to request the favor of you therefore to enquire upon what terms any of the Delegates from the Eastern Shore would contract with you in my behalf for 800 Bushls of clean & good Oats—to be delivered at my landing as soon after Christmas as may be....
Although I did not acknowledge the receipt of the letter you wrote to me some time ago respecting Bowl[e]s, I was not unmindful of the contents: but upon consulting some Professional Gentlemen I was informed that his being brother to the noted Bowls was not, without some overt act of his own, sufft to lay hold of him. If nothing more happens than I am aware of at present, I shall leave this...
As you have no immediate occasion for Peter in the only line in which he will be useful to you, I shall be very glad to keep him, as well on acct of my Jacks, Stud Horses, Mares, etc., as because he seems unwilling to part with his wife and Children. When you are in this way (and if it is not more profitable to you, than it is to me, you had better keep out of it) he may be serviceable, but...
I have been favored with your letter of the 4th instt and thank you for the information respecting the depredations on my land, lying on four miles run. Mr Bushrod Washington a year or two ago, was desired to commence a suit or suits against some of the Trespassers; but whether he did, or not, or what the result was, I do not recollect ever to have heard. The growth of the land, is more...
Company, ever since my return home, has prevented my mentioning a matter before, which will be the subject of this letter now. When the applications for Military appointments come to be examined at Philadelphia, it was pleasing to find among them, so many Gentlemen of family, fortune & high expectations, soliciting Commissions; & not in the high grades. This, and a thorough conviction that it...
The celebrated Mrs Macauly Graham, & Mr Graham her Husband, are here on a Visit. As I wish to shew them all the respect I can, I should be glad if you, Mrs Stuart & your Sister, would come to morrow or next day, and dine with us. I am—Dr Sir Yr Obedt & Affecte Hble Ser⟨vt⟩ P.S. Come tomorrow if convenient. ALS (photocopy), R-Ar . Catharine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham, the historian, and her...
Your letter of the 6th instant came duly to hand. As you appear to have taken a final determination, I can say nothing more on the subject of its disclosure than that it would have been pleasing to me if it had been convenient to yourselves, that those who began shd have compleated the work; and not to have left the harvest to your labours to be reaped by others. As you are better acquainted...
Since writing my letter of yesterday, I have recd the enclosed from Mr Jefferson, w[hic]h I send to you just as I recd it. I am Dr Sir &c. Note the enclosed was the copies of 2 letters writte[n] by Mr Jefferson to Mr Ellicott, w[hic]h he says is all that he has written to him in the years of 1792 & 93. Copy, in Tobias Lear’s writing, DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DLC:GW . The...
I have been favoured with your letters of the 8th & 13th Instt; but not having sent to the Post Office with my usual regularity, I did not receive them so soon as I might have done from the date of the former. I thank you for the interesting communications in both. It gives me sincere pleasure to find that the proceedings of the present Assembly are marked with wisdom, liberality & Justice....
By the Mail which came into Alexandria, this day, I have received letters, advising me of the recall of Mr Hammond; & some other matters which have induced me to determine to proceed from Georgetown to Phila. As none but the Officers of Government have been made acquainted with my determination respecting the ratification of the Treaty (as communicated to you last night) I request you would...
If Mr Newton of Norfolk should offer you money on my acct, I wd thank you for bringing it. I have a tenant—one Edward Williams—who I want to punish, because I believe him to be a bad man. I pray you therefore to send me a General Court Writ for him. The case I shall relate—and leave the nature of the writ, & quantum of damages to be filled up by better judges than myself—to frighten—not really...
Not recollecting till this moment, the Winter regulation of the Post; & being desirous of getting the Loan Office certificates (herewith enclosed) to you before you shall have left richmond; I have scarcely time to acknowledge the receipt of your favor dated the 4th Instt, much less to write more fully on the subject of my Back Lands. I now pray, if it is in your power, to obtain the Interest...
Your letter of the 12th instt came duly to hand. I have given the subject of it every consideration that time and my situation would enable me to do. The result is—that if Mr Alexander—upon your re-conveying of the Land for which the price, & mode of payment is disputed—and paying rent for it during the time it has been out of his possession (the latter to be fixed by Men of judgment and...
In answer to your enquiries in behalf of Mr Custis and which you requested I would commit to writing, you will please to receive and convey, the following information. Namely. That the lands which I have to dispose of beyond the Alligany mountains, are contained in the following tracts. 2314—Acres in Botteteurt County on the Ohio—beginning about 4 miles below the mouth of the little Kankawa...
In the first moments of my ability to sit in an easy chair (and that not entirely without pain) I occupy myself in acknowledging the receipt of, and thanking you for your letter of the 14th instt. Although my time (before I was confined) had been, and probably now will be, much engaged, yet, your communications—without any reserve—will be exceedingly grateful & pleasing to me. While the eyes...
Your letter of the 15th enclosing the Act of Assembly authorising an agreement with Mr Alexander came to my hand in the moment my last to you was dispatched. I am sorry such jealousies as you relate should be gaining ground, & poisoning the minds of the Southern people. But, admit the fact which is alledged as the cause of them, and give it full scope, does it amount to more than what was...
A house rarely without Company, and Many other matters which claimed my attention, have prevented my acknowledging, in the manner I wished to do the receipt of your two favors of the 15th and 25th Ulto —and now it is rather out of Season to touch upon matters which have been finally decided on in the Legislature of the State. That body has displayed the most malignant (and if one may be...
In more fear that this letter will not find you in Richmond than of expectation that it will, it goes from me by the Post of this day. The sole intent therefore of it is to request the favor of you to give the packet enclosed with it the safest conveyance that offers, to Colo. Thos Lewis of Point Pleasant in Greenbrier County—to whom I have delagated a power to let my lands on the Great...
Your letter of the 14th instt has been duly received. As it was, and is, my earnest wish to discharge my obligation to Mr Lund Washington, and all other debts; it will prove inconvenient to me to apply the money which you have lodged in the Bank of Alexandria, for my use, to the purpose of paying the debt due from my brother Samuel’s estate to that of Mr Custis’; yet I cannot, whilst there are...
I am glad to find by the last letters which we have received from our friends in the Federal city, that you had recovered from the indisposition the preceeding ones announced. You will perceive by the enclosed Advertisement, that I am making an essay to accomplish what I communicated to you in confidence, when I was last in Virginia. I call it an essay, because I have no sanguine expectation...