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Memorandum, 1749–1750




When I see my Brother Austin to Enquire of Him whether He is the Acting Attorney for my Brother and as my Brother Laurence left Directions with the Hon. W. Fx to remit his Pay as Agetant whether it would not be more proper to keep it to Pay the Notes of Hands Thats Daily coming against him and to write word to Williamsburgh to Acquaint his Hon. my B:A: to write him word.1

AD, DLC:GW. For background to this document, see the editorial note to GW to Ann Washington, Sept.–Nov. 1749.

1This memorandum was written while GW’s brother Lawrence, who was the military adjutant general for the colony of Virginia, was in England. See GW to Ann Fairfax Washington, 1749–50, and GW to Robert Dinwiddie, 10 June 1752. The letter to “his Hon.” the governor would be written by “B:A:,” GW’s half brother Augustine (“Austin”) Washington (1720–1762) of Westmoreland County. In Aug. 1749 William Gooch retired as lieutenant governor of Virginia, leaving Thomas Lee, then president of the council, acting as governor until his death in Nov. 1750. Lee was succeeded by Lewis Burwell, who acted as resident governor until the arrival of Gooch’s replacement, Lt. Gov. Robert Dinwiddie, in Nov. 1751.

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