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A house rarely without Company, and Many other matters which claimed my attention, have prevented my acknowledging, in the manner I wished to do the receipt of your two favors of the 15th and 25th Ulto —and now it is rather out of Season to touch upon matters which have been finally decided on in the Legislature of the State. That body has displayed the most malignant (and if one may be...
I have received your favor of the 15th & thank you for the communications contained in it. In my next I will be more full—The chief, indeed the only object of this letter is, in behalf of Mrs Washington, to request the favor of you to send her by the first Stage, addressed to the care of Mr McCrea, 12 yards of good black crape for a Gown. Neither Alexandria or Annapolis (from the last of which...
Your letter of the 3d came duly to hand. I thank you for the communications contained in it, though they are not of the best complexion. ’Tis possible, however, that out of evil good may come. A mark is sometimes overshot, and when this happens to be the case, the shaft is as far from the object as when it passes in the other extreme. We have nothing in this quarter either new or entertaining....
From Mr Lund Washington’s I received your letter of the 20th instant, enclosing Mr Hopkins’s Accts, receipts &ca —Enclosed you have a receipt for the amount of your statement; specifying the several articles which constitute the aggregate sum of £567.10.5. I am Yr Affecte & Obedt Servt ALS , owned (1975) by Dr. Ralph F. Brandon, Short Hills, New Jersey. Letter not found, but see John Hopkins...
Your letter of the 23d, which came duly to hand; still leaves us in a state of suspence with respect to the final decision on the pendent question—and nothing new having happened in this quarter since my last, the principal design of this letter is to afford a cover for Mrs Stuarts; who, no doubt, will have informed you of her own health and that of the little ones, &ca—I shall only add...
Upon the receipt of your favor of the 13th instt I caused enquiry to be made into the foundation for the report which you said was industriously circulated in Richmond, respecting the notice taken of the proposed Constitution by the Assembly of Maryland; and am told that it is a time serving falsehood; as you will be particularly informed by an enclosure from Colo. Fitzgerald. The hopes &...
I have received your favour of the 4th, and am happy to find that matters so far as you had proceeded, had assumed an auspicious aspect. I hope the good sense of the Country will be superior to, and overcome the local views of some, and the arrogant and malignant pride of others. The decided majority by which the proposed Constitution was ratified in South Carolina, and the almost absolute...
As you have no immediate occasion for Peter in the only line in which he will be useful to you, I shall be very glad to keep him, as well on acct of my Jacks, Stud Horses, Mares, etc., as because he seems unwilling to part with his wife and Children. When you are in this way (and if it is not more profitable to you, than it is to me, you had better keep out of it) he may be serviceable, but...
As the enclosed will be transmitted to Mr Custis, I will blend nothing else ⟨w⟩ith it; but beg, for the reason therein as⟨si⟩gned that you would contrive it by the first ⟨sa⟩fe conveyance. The Certificates which I thought had ⟨b⟩een sent to you, are found—I suppose, after ⟨th⟩e list was taken, it was found unnecessa⟨ry to⟩ send them, & they were, consequently, with⟨h⟩eld. When Mrs Stuart was...
In answer to your enquiries in behalf of Mr Custis and which you requested I would commit to writing, you will please to receive and convey, the following information. Namely. That the lands which I have to dispose of beyond the Alligany mountains, are contained in the following tracts. 2314—Acres in Botteteurt County on the Ohio—beginning about 4 miles below the mouth of the little Kankawa...
In more fear that this letter will not find you in Richmond than of expectation that it will, it goes from me by the Post of this day. The sole intent therefore of it is to request the favor of you to give the packet enclosed with it the safest conveyance that offers, to Colo. Thos Lewis of Point Pleasant in Greenbrier County—to whom I have delagated a power to let my lands on the Great...
To the best of my recollection I have sent you Seven numbers of the Fœderalist, under the signature of Publius. The subsequent numbers that have come to my hands, I herewith enclose. Have you received a letter from me, enclosing one for my Nephew Bushrod Washington; containing queries respecting my lands in the Western Country? It is sometime since it was dispatched from this, & having...
Not recollecting till this moment, the Winter regulation of the Post; & being desirous of getting the Loan Office certificates (herewith enclosed) to you before you shall have left richmond; I have scarcely time to acknowledge the receipt of your favor dated the 4th Instt, much less to write more fully on the subject of my Back Lands. I now pray, if it is in your power, to obtain the Interest...
Your favor of the 14th came duly to hand. I am sorry to find by it that the opposition is gaining strength. At this however I do not wonder. The adversaries to a measure are generally, if not always, more active & violent than the advocates; and frequently employ means which the others do not, to accomplish their ends. I have seen no publication yet, that ought, in my judgment, to shake the...
I thank you for the communications in your letters of the 16th and 26th ulto both of which came safe. It gives me pleasure to hear that the Assembly has sent the Constitution to a Convention by an unanimous vote, unstamped with marks of disapprobation. If Mr Charles Lee however, has been able to form a just opinion of the sentiments of the Country with respect to it; it is, that the major...
In consequence of a resolution which passed at the last meeting of the Potomk company, and in behalf of the Directors, I transmit the enclosed Petition to you, for the consideration of your Honble House. The Petition is short. We therefore rely on you, if the sentiment shall meet your approbation, for argument in support of it; begging at the sametime (as the sole end is to obtain a more...
As the enclosed Advertiser contains a speech of Mr Wilson’s (as able, candid, & honest a member as any in Convention) which will place the most of Colo. Mason’s objections in their true point of light, I send it to you. The re-publication (if you can get it done) will be of service at this juncture. His ipso facto objection does not, I believe, require an answer—every mind must recoil at the...
I have been favoured with your letter of the 17th Ulto. In May, Mr Alexr Donald made me a remittance in Bills on Robert Morris Esqr. of this City to the amount of 1094 85/90 Dollrs; and a few days since I received another drought on the same Gentleman for 306 65/90 Dollars making together 1401 60/90 Dollrs or Four hundred and twenty pounds ten Shillings Virginia Currency—which I have placed to...
I have received your favor of the 30th and thank you for the ennumerations contained in it. They are all clear and selfevidt and in some instances may be enlarged. Did you communicate the Plan to Colonels Fitzgerald and Hooe? And how far did you give either, or both, reason to believe they would be recommended to Mr Jefferson? (to whom I shall write as soon as I get to Philada). I wish to be...
At length I have received the sheriffs acct against me for Taxes—a copy of which I enclose you. Mr Ratcliff supposes I am well acquainted with the manner of discharging it, but in truth I am not—nor whether his charges are right, or not; I shall thank you therefore for your Inspection, & comparison of it with the revenue Acts; and then, for providing me with the means for discharging it to the...
If Mr Newton of Norfolk should offer you money on my acct, I wd thank you for bringing it. I have a tenant—one Edward Williams—who I want to punish, because I believe him to be a bad man. I pray you therefore to send me a General Court Writ for him. The case I shall relate—and leave the nature of the writ, & quantum of damages to be filled up by better judges than myself—to frighten—not really...
Enclosed I return the certificates with the Clerks signature of their having passed the Court of Fairfax. What is further necessary I shall rely upon you to have done. Mrs Washington owes Mrs Randolph (the Governors Lady) a bill of 10/ for books bought & sent to the Children of this family, which she requests the favor of you to pay for; and to procure & send to her an Almanack and half a...
I have been favoured with your letters of the 8th & 13th Instt; but not having sent to the Post Office with my usual regularity, I did not receive them so soon as I might have done from the date of the former. I thank you for the interesting communications in both. It gives me sincere pleasure to find that the proceedings of the present Assembly are marked with wisdom, liberality & Justice....
Enclosed is a petition from the Directors of the Potomack Company to our Assembly which they request you to present; and to use your endeavors to obtain the prolongation which is therein prayed for. The Assembly need be under no apprehension of unnecessary delay. Interest and inclination will equally prompt the Company to dispatch. To shorten the time required may occasion a contrariety in the...
Mrs Washington is prevented from dining with you tomorrow by the arrival of a French Gentleman of Rank—Genl Duplessis—who is introduced, and very warmly recommended to me by the Count de Estaing, the Marqs de la Fayette &ca—in consequence I have persuaded Colo. Humphreys to Postpone his visit to Abingdon. Wishing to shew this Gentleman (Genl Duplessis) all the Civilities in my power, I should...
The Vessel which brought the inclosed, has delivered the 800 Bushels of Oats for which you contracted with Mr Savage—Besides these, I have taken 100 more; for which I am to pay Flour. L. Washington has taken anothr & the remaining 200 hundred are taken to Alexandria for you. I have engaged this Man to bring the Corn from York River—He expects to stay no longer than Monday (to morrow) at...
I have received your favor of the 18th, & am exceedingly obliged to you for the Contract you have entered into on my behalf, with Mr Savage, for 800 bushels of Oats. If you can extend the quantity to be had from him, to 1200 bushels in the whole, upon the same terms, it would add greatly to the favor—as my crop of Corn is much worse than I had conceived it to be when I wrote to you last (not...
Since writing to you by the last Post I have finished the measurement of my Corn, and find that I shall not make half enough to serve me. Permit me to request the favor of you therefore to enquire upon what terms any of the Delegates from the Eastern Shore would contract with you in my behalf for 800 Bushls of clean & good Oats—to be delivered at my landing as soon after Christmas as may be....
As president of the Board of Directors for the Potomac company, I have the honor to enclose you a Petition which we pray you to present to your honorable House; & to use your best endeavours to have the prayer of it enacted into a Law. The petition is so full, & the request of it so reasonable, that we do not suppose there can be the least opposition to it, otherwise than by delay; because the...
Your favor of the 16th came duly to hand, & I thank you for its several communications. The resolutions which were published for consideration, vesting Congress with powers to regulate the Commerce of the Union, have I hope been acceded to. If the States individually were to attempt this, an abortion, or a many headed monster would be the issue. If we consider ourselves, or wish to be...
The celebrated Mrs Macauly Graham, & Mr Graham her Husband, are here on a Visit. As I wish to shew them all the respect I can, I should be glad if you, Mrs Stuart & your Sister, would come to morrow or next day, and dine with us. I am—Dr Sir Yr Obedt & Affecte Hble Ser⟨vt⟩ P.S. Come tomorrow if convenient. ALS (photocopy), R-Ar . Catharine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham, the historian, and her...
A few days ago, I received the enclosed letter & copy of an intended address to be presented on thursday next —I have drafted an answer which I pray you to look over, correct, and amend as you may find occasion, & think best. Return it if you please by Austin, or Fanny Bassett. I am glad to hear Mrs Stuart is better—my Compliments & good wishes to her. I am with very great esteem Dr Sir Yr...