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To George Washington from John Lewis, 24 March 1782

Fredericksbg 24 March 1782

Dear Sir

I make no doubt ere this you have heard of the death of my Father, his loss to his Family is truly great and Sincerely lamented. He has directed by his Will his share of the Dismal Swamp Lands to be sold. Also his part of the land purchas’d in Partnership with you bot of Naughflet & that bought between you Doctr Walker and himself of Docts. Wright & Jones. As the Estate is very considerably in debt I was thinking it would be best (If agreable to you) to sell the lands at Twelve months Credit As they will sell Considerably higher on Credit than for ready Money I should be greatly obliged to you for your advice with respect to selling the lands and If your opinion they should be sold to give me a description of them and the prices you think they ought to sell at: My Mother & Family are well as is the old Lady whom my Mother heard from two days ago. I am Dr Sir Your most Obedt Servt

John Lewis

I Met with a letter from Havana for you which I have forwarded by post.


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