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Letter not found: from George William Fairfax, 19 Jan. 1773. Listed in Thomas Birch’s Sons catalog no. 663, item 61, 21–23 April 1891.
Letter not found: from George William Fairfax, 31 Mar. 1774 . On 30 June 1786 GW wrote Fairfax : “I was restrained by your instructions of the 31st of March 1774 from executing deeds for the Land.”
Letter not found: from George William Fairfax, June 1774. On 25 July 1775 GW wrote to Fairfax : “I have received no Letter from you since the one dated in June 1774.”
This will I hope be presented to you by John Anstey Esqr. in his Tour through America. He goes upon particular business with the approbation of our Ambassador Mr Adams from whom he has Letters to Congress, Doctor Franklin &c. Mr Ansteys Father is a very worthy Gentleman of Fortune in this City, no Person more respected, and what must be allowed to be a recommendation to Us, he always Execrated...
As soon as I despatched the People upon business, I thought it best to come over here to see whether anything was necessary to have your further advice upon, for indeed the Oftener I come over the more I think it really necessary. For with regard to the Garrett Stairs I am at a loss unless I know whether you intend that for Lodging Appartments for Servts. If not the Stairs may be carried from...
I received yours covering the Deeds and Bonds, which I have examined, and find right, except the omission of the word Oak and have Sign’d the three Bonds for Payment. I am thoroughly satisfied that your Survey is as Correct (if not more so[)] than any Mr West could have gott made, And rather my Dear Sir than your Schemes should be flustrated, shall be fully content with the Land on the South...
Altho’ I can hardly hold a Pen, yett this is to acknowl. the Receipt of yours, with a Letter for your Brother, and Colo: R: H: Lee in Westmoreland, which I hope they will Rece. this Week, as I am determined as soon as this very inclement touch of Weather is over (for I think I never felt any more severe) and I can pass the River to sett off, and heartily wish you and Company good sport a...
From your very Wise resolution of retiring to your own Estate and biding adieu to public life for ever, made me determine not to break into that Felicity, with and affairs of my own, much more about that of others. But I have been so repeatedly sollicited by Mr S: Athawas, a worthy & steady friend to me, and the American cause, for a line to your Excellency, that I trust, and hope you’l be so...
I have scarcely time to acquaint you, That I was Yesterday at Mount Vernon to Visit Mr Patterson, who consulted me about taking up the upper Floors, as you gave him no orders about them, whereupon I had them clean’d in order to View them the better, and found most of them very uneaven and several defective planks, upon which I made Patterson calculate the difference of Expence between New...
My whole attention being now fixed upon preparing for my trip to England . . . I find I can’t leave the country with any peace of mind . . . without placing a general power of attorney with some Gentm. of known probity. In this part of the Colony I have not a Friend (yourself excepted) in whom I can repose such confidence . . . I should by no means wish to add more trouble to your own...
Herewith I enclose a Sketch of the Lands joining this the Tract &c. by the late Mr Green, which will shew you how the Chapple Land joins to that long slip formerly Trens, part of the Plat of Herreford and Masons land, with all the Courses of that and the Chapple land; and a rough plat &c. of Bryns and Warners to shew you that they agree to the Beginning of the Chapple Tract—formerly Colo:...
I have been called upon very unexpectedly by a Gentn passing through this place to London, in order to Imbark for Virginia. So that I have scarcely time to say, that the Revd Mr B[r]acken of Williamsburg, has been so obliging as to take charge of a Case directed to your Excellency, containing two Prints, the best framed one for yourself, and the other for my Sister Washingtons kind acceptance...
Since my Arrival I have been much indisposed, and am now troubeld with slow Fevers every day. But yet was determined to try my old friends for you and Colo. Martin, and have scarcly time to acquaint you that we have succeeded in our Wish, and that your Colleege sett of tomorrow to Attend the Assembly which is thought will be but Short. Upon the receipt of your favour I went to Mount Vernon in...
Upon hearing the many Alarming Accots at Williamsburg, I hasten’d away as soon as possible, tho. there was some particur Acts I should have been glad to have seen pass’d, as they were Relative to our Militia, But upon my arrival, I found the Militia ordered out by Colo. Carlyle, whove Marched many days before; otherwise I believe I should have Accompanied them. Your letter dated at Winchester...
Having wrote to you, soon after my arrival in London, and immediately after my Wife’s recovery out of the small Pox, I have now only to acquaint you of our Arrival, and being fixed in our old Lodgings in this City, where we had the satisfaction to find many of our old Friends and acquaintance. I have not as yett, been able to do anything in the business that brought me over, owing to the...
Being but just now informed that a Vessell is to Sail in a very few days from Bristol for Baltimore Town, I have only time to say, that I have received your favor dated the 30th of June last, and that I immediately applyed to Mr Rack, the Secretary to the Bath Agriculture Society (who corresponds with most of the Societys in this Kingdom) for his friendly assistance in makeing the enquiry for...
Your favors of the 2d of Decr 6th of March 3d of Apl 27th of July and first of Augt came very safe to hand. In that of July I am sorry to find that you were in such a bad state of health, and that neither Mr Greens nor Hamiltons prescriptions had then the desired effect. The latters it seems you had but just begun and consequently could not expect an immediate cure, but I hope long before this...
By Genl Burgoynes great Politeness & kindness, I am not only made happy, by the fullest, and most Satisfactory Account I have had in three Years, of the Health and Situation of my Friends in Virginia, but also am enabled to make my acknowledgements for your kind Attention, under the apparent neglect of four years silence on my part. I recived your Letter informing me of your appointment, and...
On the other side is a Copy of a Letter, that Genl Burgoyne was so obliging, as to undertake should be forwarded to you, Since which many things have happened, except that of another favourable opportunity of Addressing you untill now. My Nephew Billy Lee having quited all his Schools a year and a half ago, and being so nearly of Age, I really think it necessary for him to Fix to something,...
I cannot express the Joy with which I take up my Pen to congratulate your Excellency, upon the happy conclusion of the late diabolical War. my gratitude to Heaven exceeds all discription and I pray God incessantly that you (who have been so principal an instrument in the hand of Providence) may long continue to Enjoy the blessings of Peace and Independence, and that those may be sweetend to...
Tho I had resolved to avoid being further troublesome to you an occasion has occur’d which obliges me to request that you’l be so good to look into my Deeds and over all my Papers (if they remain in your hands) for the Lord Proprietors discharge, for all arrears of Quitrents which He gave me the last time he was at Belvoir, just before I left Virginia. The importance of this small Scrip of...
Mr Thomas Corbin, now in my House, proposing to Embark in a few days for Virginia, has earnestly Sollicited, that I would give him a line to you, respecting his Conduct since his return to England. The unfortunate youth, has been most cruelly used, and barbarously aspersed by his Brother Dick, and his adherents, insomuch that Tom had a property of five thousand Pounds in the Funds, he must...
By the receipt of your favor of Feby 27th I am well convinced of what I have long suspected, that your Letters to me, and mine to you are stoped, whether at the Post Office or by private Persons, I cannot guess, this I know, that you are looked upon as the most capable, and therefore the most dangerous Enemy on this side the Water, and that I am known to be such on this, as far as my...
Your very Obliging favour of the 15th of October, covering a Copy of one dated the 25th of Septr last is just come to me, the Original Letter, I have not received. After perusing yours, I am ashamed to find that my affairs gives you so much trouble, it was not my Intention to add to the multiplicity of business. I know you are engaged in more than I could possibilly avoid, which I endeavoured...
Mrs Græme a Lady of large property in South Carolina, the Place of Her Nativity, who has been in England the last sixteen years, is returning to America, and as She hopes to pass Yr Camp, if She is so happy to be permited to go home, has requested that we would give Her a line of introduction, to Yr Excellency, which would be unnecessary if You was as well acquainted with Her merits as we are....
I have lately received a Letter dated 13th of July last, from our worthy friend Mr Nicholas, informing me, that our Assembly had very unexpectedly past an Act to Confiscate the property of British Subjects, and of all Persons, in any part of the World, other than the united States of America. This my good Sir, you must suppose is truely alarming, as at this instant of writing, I may not have a...
I came to Town about some business of Colo. Cary’s and could by no means omitt so good an opportunity as by the Convoy to enquire after your & good Mrs Washingtons welfare, and to lett you know that it was with difficulty I gott here, and that poor Mrs Fairfax and I have alternately been confined to our Chambers since we have been in England, but I hope as the warm weather approaches we shall...
I have this instant recd yours of the 22d & 27th Ultimo. The first Mrs Fairfax undertakes to answer, as I dont care to detain the bearer, and having several Culpeper People now waiting upon business —You may depend Sir that Mr Patterson shall have all the Assistance I am able to give him, and shall do all I can to forward his Work. But I begin to doubt whether it will be finished before we may...
Your favour of the 12th inste I had the pleasure to receive last Night and was sorry your last Messenger neglected so much of your business as to oblige you to send a second. The detention of your goods is really a very great disappt for nothing can be done (I mean finished) till the Glass is in, consequently you cant expect the Work can be done by the time you expected. But I will spur...
I arrived here the 25th of last month since which there has not been an Opportunity to America, And now the conveyance so uncertain that I hope you’l excuse this short Epistle, and permitt me good Sir to acquaint you that our applycations remains doubtfull, And that its difficult to have a hearing by reason the great ones are so much taken up with affairs of much greater consequence. The...