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(Duplicate) Territory of Columbia, 18th September 1793 At a Public Sale of Lots in the City of Washington, George Washington, President of the United States of America became purchaser of Lots No. twelve, No. thirteen & No. fourteen in Square No. six hundred & sixty seven for the consideration of one thousand and sixty six dollars & two thirds of a Dollar, subject to the Terms and Conditions...
We beg leave to refer you to Mr Blodget on the subject of the National University to which in general we have the most friendly disposition, and the site painted out by him we entirely approve if it can be had on the generous terms proposed, on its meeting your approbation we will do every thing in our power in favour of the important institution. We are &ca LB , DNA : RG 42, Records of the...
We inclose to you a letter from Majr Ellicott respecting a change of part of the southern Branch of the Canal, and his reasons for a change or totally striking out the Eastern Branch of it in the course of our divisions of the Carrollsburgh property, and the knowledge of situation and circumstances collected from the plats laid before us—the change of the southern branch occurred to ourselves...
Mr Greenleaf has had a Conversation with us before Mr Carroll on the subject of new Commissioners —You will I am sure do the Doctr & myself the Justice to believe that our Declarations to you are real and not calculated on Ideas of our own Importance to eat into the funds—Mr Greenleaf mentions Mr Dalton and Mr Baldwin as proper with your Approbation to fill our places and speaks an intention...
I recieved your letter of the 21st ulmo a few days ago, but deferred answering it, ‘till I could again see Mr Bayly, & Mr [Daniel] Carroll of Duddington, my informants respecting Coll Mercer’s speech —Inclosed, I send you Mr Bayly’s certificate of what passed—Mr Carroll tho’ he agrees with Mr Bayly, that Coll Mercer expressed himself as stated, has I know not for what reasons declined sending...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 23 June 1788. On 27 June GW wrote that his “letter of the 23d . . . came duly to hand.”
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 4 June 1788. On 8 June GW wrote Stuart : “I have received your favour of the 4th.”
I was in town yesterday, and have come again today for no other purpose that to see if the note sent by the Bank of this place to Baltimore had been paid—’tho’ the note has been sent near a fortnight, they have not it seems ever heard from their correspendent of its being recieved—This appears to be very strange—I can have no doubt of its being eventually paid when presented; as I gave the...
I am sorry I was not at home yesterday, to have complied with your request, in sending a translation of the Chevalier’s letter by Mrs Washington. You will now recieve one of that, and of Crajenschot’s —Monsr Perrin, to whom I shewed Dasmonts letter, tells me, that the Brother enquired after by them, passed thro’ town about a month ago—He took a minute of the Contents, to transmit, or take...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 3 Nov. 1788. On 10 Nov. GW wrote to Stuart : “Your letter of the 3d came duly to hand.”
I have just time to inform you, that the business of the rents between Mr Alexander & the estate of Mr Custis for the twelve years possession of it, was adjudged two days ago—I am sorry to inform you that it has exceeded every idea I had formed on the subject, and I believe that of every reasonable man—The two men nominated by me were Mr Pollard & Mr Moss those nominated by Alexander Mr Thomas...
As I have at length made an agreement with Mr Alexander, which will be binding, if it meets with your approbation, I shall endeavour to give you every information in my power, to enable you to judge of the propriety or impropriety of it —I informed you in my last, that I had little expectation of effecting any with him, as he had receded so far from his original proposals, as to demand a...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 29 Oct. 1791. On 20 Nov. GW mentioned to Stuart the “receipt of your letter of the 29th of October.”
Your Brother John A: Washington in the year 1786 gave me his bond for £998.12.6 which was due from his Brother Samuel’s estate to that of Mr Custis, in order that he might favor his brother’s estate—Mr B: Washington paid me the interest due on it, to the year 1791; but has since declined it, observing that I must bring suit against him, when he should take out an execution on the judgement he...
I now inclose you a copy of your account made out by Mr Kieth, and allso one of the little extract from your books furnished me by Mr Lear in the Summer 1793—Mrs Stuart’s illness has prevented my doing it sooner. I had considered her recovery as impossible, till within these two days—I flatter myself, she is now out of danger, and will be soon freed from her long and painfull confinement. I...
I expect you have not had an opportunity of seeing the inclosed address—written by Mr Evans on the subject of the alien and sedition bills—It is so excellent in my judgement, that tho’ it is borrowed, I cannot refuse taking the liberty of furnishing you with it —It is much to be lamented, it did not appear sooner, as it could not have failed I think of dissipating the fears of many well...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 25 Dec. 1787. On 29 Dec. GW wrote Stuart : “your letter of the 25th is come to hand.”
I have at length recieved a letter from Mr King dated the 26th Augt informing me that a vessell of Mr Chamberlayne’s was then landed and ready to sail with 246 barrells of corn for you—I presume she must be arrived before this—More would have been sent, if the vessell could have brought it—If you wish another load you will be pleased to inform Mr King of it —I hope you feel yourself perfectly...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 8 Feb. 1793. In his letter of 3 Mar. to Stuart , GW mentioned “your private letter” written “the 8th of last Month.”
Inclosed I return you the two letters you sent up for my perusal —I was unexpectedly called down the last week, to visit my Father, whose life at present hangs by the merest thread—When about to set off, Washington expressed a great desire of attending me to the neighbourhood, to see his friend Needham —and obtained his Mother’s consent. This perhaps furnished me with a better opportunity of...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 13 June 1788. On 23 June GW wrote Stuart of “the receipt of your favor of the 13th instt.”
I shall take steps immediately for discharging your taxes on the best terms—I have written to Mr Henley to dispose of the tobacco directly—From some conversation the other day with Mr Wilson, I expect Certificates and indents may be had as cheap from him, as in Richd—I shall know this tomorrow: and if they cannot, I shall write to Mr Donald in Richmond for them. With respect to Peter, it will...
I find it a subject far from easy, to say what I think had best be done with Washington—His habits and inclinations are so averse to all labour and patient investigation, that I must freely declare it as my opinion that not much is to be expected from any plan—I had got his Mother on former occasions to add the weight of her injunctions to my advice and remonstrances. He has allways appeared...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 17 June 1787. On 1 July GW wrote Stuart : “I have been favoured with your letter of the 17th Ulto.”
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 26 Oct. 1787. On 5 Nov. GW thanked Stuart for his “letters of the 16th and 26th ulto.” Stuart’s letter of 26 Oct. is quoted at length in GW to James Madison, 5 November .
I yesterday made the contract you desired me, for oats, with Mr Savage, at two and six-pence the bushel, as you will see by the inclosed, which I send you. This Gentleman was employed by Mr Dandridge, to rescue Mr Custis’s estate on the Eastern shore, from Posey’s hands; and having befriended it in a particular manner without recompence; I early in the Summer sollicited a continuance of his...
Your letter of the 20th Ultmo I recieved on my return home from Ge: town, where I have been for near ten days past. As you was informed of the result of the meeting, it is unnecessary to observe, that it was one of the most unpleasant we have had—I hope the discharge of the Ellicotts (rendered unavoidable by their own conduct) will ensure not only peace, but honesty & industry too, to the...
It was my misfortune soon after my arrival here, to be confined for several days by sickness; occasioned by lodging in a house newly built, whose walls were perfectly damp—I mention this circumstance by way of accounting, for my not having written to you as yet, and given you some account of our proceedings—Tho’ indeed so little is yet done, that I can now only inform you of what is proposed...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 14 Nov. 1787. On 30 Nov. GW wrote Stuart : “Your favor of the 14th came duly to hand.”
As well as I can recollect the College Charter, the Governor for the time, is expressly declared Chancellor—None of them I belive, ever took upon them the duties of the office, before Lord Botetourt—Visitations are I think appointed to be held twice in the year. The only business of these meetings formerly used to be, to enquire into the conduct of the Professors, and to prescribe rules for...
I found that the letter you had recieved, had been printed a month ago—and had been commented on very properly by Coll Simms—Of this I had no recollection, and I Suppose it had escaped you—It seems, great quantities of them were brought down by the members on their return from Congress—It is therefore clear, it was a fabrication for the express purpose of promoting their interest in the...
Your letter of the 30th of last month, which I ought to have recieved in Ge: town, I only got on Saturday on my return from thence in passing through Alexandria. It will therefore be impossible for me to comply with your request at present, in sending you a list of the lots which have been actually sold. But it shall be done at the next meeting. If I was not setting off tomorrow for New-Kent...
It gives me much pleasure to inform you, of the very auspicious manner, in which the serious entrance on business this Session, has been marked—Tho’ it is not much short of a month now, since our meeting, no business of importance was introduced ’till the last week—You will learn the issue of this, from the inclosed vote—The strong language in which this off spring of iniquity is condemned,...
I send you translations of two letters only—the third written by a Merchant, is so full of the abbreviations in use by the Gentlemen of that Profession, that I can only make it out, here & there —And from what I have been able to make out in this manner, I imagine, you will not consider a translation very necessary—It begins with informing you, of his having been persuaded by his brother to...
I recieved your favor of the 7th in due course of the Post—I have attentively considered your plan for farming your lands out—You will I expect find it difficult to meet with such large associations—It will certainly be a very fortunate event for the country if you should: for from the immense trouble and small profits from lands and negroes, the disposition is gaining ground fast in this...
Your favor of the 8th instant, I recieved during our meeting at G:etown last week: but the affairs of the Fœderal City, and Potomac Company made it so busy a week, that I had really no leasure before now, to answer it. I shall allways think myself highly honored by your friendly observations, and endeavour to profit from them—Perhaps, we may have carried our caution too far, in thinking it...
Altho’ it is by no means convenient to me at this time and season, to go to Annapolis, yet as it is of such importance to Washington to be fixed there as soon as possible, I cannot decline it. It will be most agreeable to me from some business which I have now postponed ’till my return, to set off immediately—On the expectation that he will not be disappointed by his Taylor, I will be down on...
I have recieved so much pleasure and instruction from the inclosed observations, that I could wish the author would in some shape fan on the Public with them. I am satisfyed more than ever, that fiew even of those who presume most on their talents, and are most clamorous and illiberal against the funding System, have a true understanding of it. But allowing that they have, and are activated in...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 30 April 1787. On 5 May GW wrote “I have received your favor of the 30th.”
I cannot but think it necessary that you should know, that Bowles’s brother, John, who passed through this town last winter on his way to his Brother, returned a fiew days ago —A Gentleman who had some conversation with him, as he passed through here, tells me, he informed him, that he staid about a fortnight with his brother; and then went to the Bahama islands: from thence he came to...
Coll Little & Mr Minor have just informed me, that the trespasses committed on your land near Alexa., have much exceeded this winter what has been usual in that way—that the hoop timber of which there was a good deal is entirely gone—that, as if it was not enough to get fire wood without molestation from it, it has now become a practice to cut down & carry off the best timber trees—On asking...
I am informed by Mr Pendelton one of the Auditors, that it is unnecessary to lay your claims before the legislature—that by the law lately revived, they will be paid in Certificates, when passed by the Court of Fairfax. I therefore send them up to you, that you may have this done at the next Court—After which, you will be pleased to forward them on, again to me—You will see Pendletons advise...
I meant to have written to you, immediately after the rising of the Chancery Court, respecting the Suit against Alexander — But as my Lawyers promised me their opinions in writing on the subject, I thought it better to wait, ’till I could lay the matter fully before you—I have written to them since my return, desiring they would comply with their promise, but have recieved no answer—I must...
Being just returned from a journey to the lower parts of the State, I am much distressed, to find your indisposition has been much more severe than appeared from the Public papers —I hope I may now congratulate you on your perfect recovery. Tho’ you were pleased at your departure, to desire to hear from me occasionally, yet knowing how much you are oppressed in this way, it was not my...
Agreeable to your request in your late letter to me, I now send you a list of all the sales both public & private, which have been made in the city of Washington. The persons whose names are opposite to the red crosses, bid at our desire: these lots of course remain with us—The square bought by Mr Blodget, was in the same situation, ‘till his last visit here, when he agreed to take it on...
The accounts of your recent illness having just reached this place on my return, I delayed writing, ’till I could again congratulate you on the reestablishment, of your health; which I now do most sincerely, both on your account, and on that of your Country—I fear much, that the great change which has been unavoidably made, in your accustomed mode of living, by your office; has been the cause...
Letter not found: from David Stuart, 16 Oct. 1787. On 5 Nov. GW wrote Stuart to thank him for his “letters of the 16th and 26th ulto.” GW quotes Stuart’s letter of 16 Oct. at length in his letter to James Madison of 22 October .
I was a fiew days ago at Ge: Town, when I was informed by Mr Carroll of his intention to send in his resignation as Commissioner—As I took the liberty on a former occasion, to recommend to your notice Coll Lyles; I think it incumbent on me at present, to observe; that a variety of circumstances seems to make it necessary that the vacancy should be supplied by a ⟨Law⟩ character of considerable...
The daily expectation I have been in of meeting with some one bound for Alexa. who could take charge of the nutmegs you requested me to purchase, has been the occasion of my not writing for some time past—To have trusted them to the Stage unprotected, would from my experience have been unsafe. As I have not been so lucky as to meet with such an opportunity, notwithstanding frequent enquiries...
It was my expectation at the last meeting of the Commissioners, that Mr Johnson would have seen you long ago, and laid before you many particulars which could not be done so satisfactorily by letter—As he was well prepared to have given you a comprehensive knowledge of the many untoward circumstances which have befallen us, I considered it as unnecessary in me to occupy your time. I am just...