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To George Washington from George Mason, 9 March 1775

From George Mason

Guns⟨ton⟩ Hall March 9th 1775.

Dear Sir

I had wrote the inclosed Letter last night, & was just sending my Man off with it, & the other Papers, when Your Messenger came; by whom you will now receive them, made up within the ⟨cover⟩ of the Acts of Assembly. I beg You to inform Mr Johnston that the Bill I have drawn is intended only as a Ground-Work, & that I desire every part of it may be submitted to his Correction.1

My Son George has been unwell some time, He went Yesterday wth his Sister to Mrs Eilbeck’s, as soon as He returns, & has a little Leisure, He will make out a Copy of the List of Tythiables. You will be pleased to leave Directions wth Mr Lund Washington about the Collection. We have had an Opportunity of speaking to most of the Gentlemen out of the County, who have Tithiables in it, & they have promised to give Directions for the payment; I don’t now recollect any whom it will be necessary to write to, but Colo. Henry Fitzhugh of Stafford, & Mr John Turberville of Westmoreland.2

I take the Liberty of inclosing You £18. Virga Curry, out of which I must beg the favour of You to pay to Mr Nicholas, or Mr Mozzay, £12.10 Ster. for my second payment in the Wine Compy due the 1st of May next, & take a Rect accordingly: I had not Bills to come nearer the Sum; but the Balle You can repay Me when you return.3 I send You the Cherry Graffs You desire, but am afraid they are rather too forward: the bundle wth the white stick in it is May-Dukes; the other the large black May Cherrys.4 I am Dr Sir Yr affecte & obdt Sert

G. Mason


2For “the Collection,” see Resolutions of Fairfax County Committee, 17 Jan., and Mason to GW, 17, 18 Feb., 8 March. Ann Eilbeck Mason, George Mason’s eldest daughter, was probably the “Sister” who accompanied young George Mason on his visit to their grandmother. John Turberville (1737–1799) of Hickory Hill in Westmoreland County owned property near the Little Falls in Fairfax County. Col. Henry Fitzhugh (1723–1783) of Bedford in Stafford County owned 12,585 acres in the northern section of the huge Ravensworth tract in Fairfax County. His cousin William Fitzhugh of Chatham owned the rest of the 21,996–acre tract. The land had been originally granted to William Fitzhugh (1650–1701) in 1694.

3Both GW and Mason held one share in Philip Mazzei’s “wine company,” and Robert Carter Nicholas, who held two shares, was to receive from Mazzei annual reports for the shareholders. See Plan of Philip Mazzei’s Agricultural Company, 1774, in Boyd, Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 1:156–59. See also Cash Accounts, November 1774, n.16, and February 1775.

4On 10 Mar. GW grafted several types of cherries that he received from Mason and from Col. Richard Henry Lee (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:319).

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