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[ 13 Oct. 1769 ]. “This Indenture made the Thirteenth Day of October in the year 1769 Between George Washington of the County of Fairfax Esqr. and Martha his wife of the one part and James Mercer of The Town of Fredericksburg in the County of Spotsylvania attorney at Law of the other part Witnesseth That the said George Washington and Martha his wife for and in Consideration of the sum of...
The attachment of which you inclosed one Copy, is for not answering—it has issued not through any default of any of your officers, but for want of an answer for three months after appearance, this I understand Mr Pendleton entered for you last June Rules, not thinking it material to wait for your being summoned, it being unnecessary as you was advised of the renewal of the Suit—the consequence...
3Document I, 1–4 November 1771 (Washington Papers)
To His Excellency the Right Honble John Earl of Dunmore his Majestys Lieutt & Governor General of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia and vice Admiral of the same and to the Honble the Council—The Memorial of George Washington, Colo. of the first Virginia Regiment in behalf of himself and others Most humbly Sheweth That it being judg’d proper to raise Troops, and erect a Fort at the Confluence...
ON serious Consideration of the present State of our Practice in the General Court, we find it can no longer be continued on the same Terms. The Fees allowed by Law , if regularly paid, would barely compensate our incessant Labours, reimburse our Expenses, and the Losses incurred by Neglect of our private Affairs; yet even these Rewards, confessedly moderate, are withheld from us, in a great...
Your favour of the 9th Instant was received late last Night, I am concerned you shou’d give yourself the trouble of explaining your motives for applying to me about the Mortgage I gave you—if my answer imputed to you the most distant suspicion of ungenerous Sentiments, believe me my good Sir, my Pen & Heart differed much[.] It is true I put the supposition you mention but I deemed it next to...
As I expect a good Opportunity by your Neighbour Colo. Mason from the meeting of the Ohio Compy I shall inclose you the Mortgage I made you agreeably to your last favour, which was on the day of the date delivered to Mr Sims in trust for you—this gives it an opperation from that day, I shou’d have kept it to be recorded in Stafford Court—but for a blank in it which I can’t take on my self to...
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 1 Jan. 1774. On 8 Jan. GW wrote Mercer : “Your Letter of the 1st Instt, came to my hands yesterday.”
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 5 April. On 11 April GW wrote Mercer : “I have receivd your Letter of the 5th.”
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 13 Dec. 1774. On 26 Dec. GW wrote Mercer and referred to “your Letter of the 13th Inst.”
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 11 Feb. 1777. GW wrote Mercer on 21 Feb. that “your Letter of the 11th . . . came to my hands a few days ago,” and a note that Mercer made on GW’s letter reads in part: “I refer to my Let. to G.W. of the 11th Feby to which this is an answer.”
Letter not found : from James Mercer, 24 Sept. 1779. On 14 Oct., GW wrote Mercer: “I received your favor of the 24th of September.”
Mr. Mercer’s most respectfull Compliments wait on the Governor. The Auditors say that the inclos’d order must have his Name to it before they can issue a Warrant on the treasurer. Mr. Mercer begs pardon for troubling him. RC ( Vi ); without date. Addressed: “His Excelly Thos Jefferson.” Docketed in a clerk’s hand: “James Mercer £150, Octobr. 23d. 1779. On Account”; and in another hand,...
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 6 Jan. 1780. On 25 Feb. , GW wrote to Mercer: “Your letter of the 6th Ulto did not come to my hands till the same date in the present month.” For GW’s quotation of a portion of the letter, see GW to Charles Pettit, 11–12 February .
The severity of the weather obligeing Colo. Mason to continue with me for three days, he among other things communicated to me the powers the General assembly had vested your Excellency with respecting the settlement of this State’s accounts with the united States, and your Inclination that I shou’d undertake this business. Considering the Recess I have had from the fatigues of public Service...
It wou’d be an affront to your Excellency’s Understanding was I to make an appollogy to the first magistrate of this State, for communicating any Facts, or even Hints that might contribute to Your better Information in your public Character. I shall therefore without appollogy proceed to inform your Excellency, that from my own knowledge of the Countrey and the uniform opinion of all I have...
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 18 Aug. 1784. On 25 Aug. GW wrote to Mercer : “My Sister handed me your favor of the 18th.”
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 10 Jan. 1786. On 20 Jan. GW wrote to Mercer : “I have been favored with your letter of the 10th inst.”
I am sure I need not appollogize to you, for solliciting your Patronage, to the Infant beginning of the Fredericksburg Accademy. I have but lately been added to the Trustees, much time has been lost since the General Assembly gave birth to this laudable Institution. But I flatter myself experience has so strongly marked the Error of former neglect, that more diligence will be used in future....
Letter not found: James Mercer to GW, 10 Mar. 1787. On 15 Mar. GW wrote Mercer : “Your favor of the 10th came duely to hand.”
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 10 Mar. 1787. On 15 Mar. GW wrote Mercer : “Your favor of the 10th came duely to hand.”
Letter not found: from James Mercer, 25 Mar. 1789. On 4 April GW wrote to Mercer : “I have received your letter of the 25th Ulto.”
I hope the necessity of the Case, will be a sufficient appollogy for my intruding myself on your Excellency, who must be too much engaged in the business belonging to yr important & very high office, to attend to business of a private Nature—I have however purposely delayed this application untill the recess of Congress, hoping that your Excellency may by that event, have the leisure to favour...
Your favour to Mr. Page, of the 27th Ulto. came to that Gentlemans hands as early as might be—but a Negociation being then on Hand between the Trustees of the Fredericksbg Academy and a Gentleman of Massachusets, who had undertaken to fill the vacant Professorship in our Academy on certain terms we cou’d not decide as to the Gent: mentioned by your Friend Doctor Johnston untill we shou’d hear...
The Honble Mr Dawson one of the Council of this State, expressing a desire of obtaining the office of a Commissioner, under the expressed Act of Congress for settling the Accounts of the United States with the individual States: and supposing himself not so well known to your Excellency as to possess that Confidence he merits, has applyed to me a long & very intimate acquaintance to supply...
The Necessity of the Case will I hope be a sufficient appollogy for my addressing your Excellency on the following Subject. You Sir may recollect that Ld Dunmore in Novr 1774 purchased of you & Colo. Tayloe Trustees for the Creditors of George Mercer, under a decretal order of the General Court, certain Slaves to the value of 436£ Va. Currency on twelve months Credit—for which (circumstanced...