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I will try to write tho it is with much difficulty I hold My pen, oweing to a very painfull Soar which gatherd at the Root of one of My nails on My Right Hand. it has been so painfull as to allarm me for several Days least it Must be opend to the Bone, and to deprive me of rest. it has begun to discharge, & tho yet painfull, is less so since. I have not been free from my old Rhuemactick...
2[Diary entry: 3 January 1796] (Washington Papers)
3. Rain in the night—foggy till Noon—then clear. Wind S.W.
Your favor of the 16th Ulto came safe, but not in the time which might have been expected from the date of it. Mr Davie’s letter is herewith returned. I do not know that more could have been done, than you have attempted to do; but it is exceedingly to be regretted, that villainy—chicanery—and every species of delay, should bring justice in such jeopardy, if it is not, intirely defeated by...
Understanding that a number of applications have been made in consequence of a recent act or Resolution of the Virginia assembly; to induce you to name some place, of the many, in the upper part of this state, which is, & will no doubt be mentioned to you a suitable place for the Education of Youth—on which to bestow your munificence, by Endowing a seminary, with the Shares in the James River...
A pretty general Opinion prevails amongst us that Congress will this Session open a Land Office for the Northwestern Territory and the published proceedings in a degree confirm it. Colo. John Lynn, who has heretofore enjoyed your favorable Opinion in another Line, is desirous on the Event taking place that you should extend your Confidence to him in this new Department: I believe him competent...
In my last I told you that I had contrived to get an unsuspected private friend to hire an express to carry a le[tte]r from me to Mr. H. as I found waiting for private conveyances too tedious. I have this moment reced his reply, after expressing himself very anxious indeed, to evidence (especially at the present crisis) by some public act his attachment to you & after declaring his sense of my...
Your favor of the 5. of June did not reach me till a few days past or it shod have been sooner answered. I am happy now to answer it because I am able to give you details of the Lady in question which will be very agreeable to you. I had advanc’d her near 2000. dolrs when I was advised here by Jacob Van Staphorst that you had placd in the hands of his brother for Madame La Fayette the sum of...
Your letter of the 27th with the reports came to hand yesterday —and I am glad to find you have met with a supply of twine in Alexandria, as there is no prospect that has yet opened, of getting it from hence in time and I have no doubt that under all chances fishing yourself will be more profitable than hiring out the landing for Sixty pounds. I am not disposed to take any thing less for my...
Letter not found: from William Pearce, 3 Jan. 1796 . On 17 Jan., GW wrote Pearce: “Your letters of the 3d & 10th instt are both before me.”
I have recieved your favor on the subject of Mr. Payne’s advertisement of the sale of your tenement. If his mortgage was prior to your lease, and was recorded, your lease cannot affect his right, because nothing done by Mr. Wood after the mortgage ought to derogate from his prior contracts. Mr. Payne however cannot take possession against your consent, but will be driven to a suit in Chancery...