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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...