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[ Philadelphia, June 28, 1792. On the envelope of a letter from Fitzgerald to Hamilton, dated November 21, 1791 , Hamilton wrote: “Ansd June 28.” Letter not found. ] Fitzgerald, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, had served as an aide-de camp to George Washington during the American Revolution.
Letter not found: to John Fitzgerald, 13 June 1786. Fitzgerald wrote GW on 13 June : “I am honoured with your letter of this date.”
Letter not found: GW to John Fitzgerald and George Gilpin, 27 Jan. 1788. Advertised in Goodspeed’s catalog no. 150, item 3140, March-April 1923.
Letter not found: to John Fitzgerald, 24 May 1793. Fitzgerald wrote GW on 31 May that he was “duly honor’d by the receipt of your Duplicate under Cover of your letter of 24th Inst.”
[ New York, November 13, 1789. The catalogue description of this letter reads as follows: “… seeking information regarding the distilleries in the State of Virginia and to which he puts many questions he wants answered regarding materials, size, location, etc.” Letter not found. ] LS , sold at Stan V. Henkels, Jr., May 17, 1932, Lot 167.
New York, October 10, 1789. Asks Fitzgerald for information concerning foreign and domestic commerce. LS , United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. The letter is a duplicate of that sent to William Bingham on the same date. Fitzgerald was an Irish-born Virginia planter who had been one of George Washington’s aides-de-camp.
Letter not found: to John Fitzgerald, 7 Oct. 1793. GW, in a letter of Wednesday, 9 Oct. , told Fitzgerald that “I wrote to you on Monday”; on Friday, 11 Oct., Fitzgerald acknowledged a letter “of Monday on private business.”
This instant returning from the Comee & finding the Post here you must put up with a line or two in acknowledgement of your favr of the 16th Instt from York, instead of a long Letter, which it was my intention to have written you. I thank you sincerely for the part you acted at York respecting C—y’s Letter; & believe with you, that matters have, & will, turn out very different to what that...
Recollecting that you had some doubt, at the last General Meeting of the Potomack Company, concerning the validity of your Powers to represent the State of Virginia in its interest therein, I wish to know whether those doubts have been removed by the Treasurer now in Office. The Stockholders are called upon, I perceive⟨,⟩ by a Printed (and I presume circular) letter in precise terms to attend...
Yours of the 20th of June came duly to hand. The inclosed for our friend Lee was immediately forwarded to him. I was happy in the occasion of hearing from you. Are you doing any thing at Alexandria about the Bank of the United States? Tis to be wished the interest in it may be as much diffused as possible. Nor will this disserve your local views. The prospect is that in a week the...
A week rarely passes without bringing me a letter of similar contents with the enclosed. As a common centre I am addressed by all those who know not where else to apply. Altho’ it is apart from my public duties, and I have very little leizure for private occupations yet I have never failed (either by myself or some other) to make a response to the request which has been received. This must be...
The enclosed, I would thank you for forwarding to the Postmaster in Alexandria. It is to request him to return any letters which he may receive to my address at his office, between this and friday next, to your office: and I pray you Sir, if any should come there otherwise tha[n] in the Alexandria—that is—seperate therefrom for me, that you would be so good as to detain them until they are...
Messrs. Amable & Alex. Lory of Alexandria advertised a Copy of the Encyclopedie for sale. I wrote to enquire as to the condition and price of the work, and received for an answer of which the inclosed is a Copy. I take the liberty, under sanction of the readiness you have ever shewn to aid us, of inclosing to you the notes of 15068 ℔ of Tobo. and of asking the favor of you to make the purchase...
While the public mind is engaged, and in some degree disturbed by various subjects which have arisen, consequent of a War in which most of the European powers are engaged—with the highest satisfaction I have received assurances from many parts of the United States, of the determined resolution of the Citizens thereof to be neutral, thereby securing to themselves the inestimable blessings...
The day preceeding my departure from Mount Vernon, the enclosed letter was put into my hands. pressed as I was at the time by other business, I could give it no answer; & the next day when I saw you in Alexandria this matter had escaped me. I give you the trouble, therefore (since you have allowed me the liberty) to fix something with mister Moore on the subject of it. whatever that may be...
If there is any ship in the Port of Alexandria by which the enclosed Letters could receive a proper conveyance, you would much oblige me by giving them a passage—if not, by returning them. If I do not hear from my Lawyer in the Western Country before the first of August, it will be out of my power to proceed with the Directors (from the General meeting) to the Survey of the River. If my Suit...
Have you heard from Annapolis since Monday? Have the Commercial Commissioners met? Have they proceeded to business? How long is it supposed their Session will last? and is it likely they will do anything effectual? Is Colo. Gilpin returned? Was there a meeting of the Board? What was the result of the enquiry into the charges exhibited against Stuart? I hope Mrs Fitzgerald & yourself are quite...
If you have fixed upon Monday next for the meeting of the Directors of the Potk Company at the Falls of the Shanandoah—Have given Messrs Johnson and Lee notice of it—and informed Mr Stuart and his accusers thereof you will please to let me know it—(having heard nothing yet of the determination) In these cases, and that I may have nothing to retard my speedy return after the business of the...
As Monday next is the day on which the Directors, by the Constitution of the Company, are to make their report—and it has generally fallen to the lott of those on the Virginia side of the river to do this; I beg that you would from the minutes to which you are accessable—or from memory, bring forward the occurrences which may be proper to report at the General Meeting, about to be held. If...
In a card I sent you the other day, at the sametime that I enquired if your express brought any answer from Govr Johnson and Lee I requested to be informed at what precise spot the meeting of the directors was appointed to be held, I should be glad now to know. I had made my arrangements for setting of on Saturday to proceed on this side of the River; and will do so if I am able but having...
Whatever number of servants you & Colo. Gilpin may think it advisable to purchase in behalf of the Potomac Company from the Ship which is just gone up, will meet my approbation; & I shall readily concur with you in price. There is a Black smith on board highly recommended, & one or two stone masons which may be useful at our works. Have you received any precise account of the appearance or...
The inclosed letter is for Mr. Bowman who married Mrs. Cattle. I am told he is at Alexandria which make me trouble you with the letter. Should he have left that place for South Carolina, I will thank you to forward it to him. No definitive treaty yet arrived nor any thing else of importance new. I write in Congress & have only time to add that I am   Yr. sincere & affectionate friend ALS ,...
Being much distressed for Cartridge boxes, and cartridge paper for muskets (most particularly the latter article) we find it necessary to purchase up immediately as much of both as we can. Having no particular agent in the neighborhood of Alexandria, we take the liberty of asking your exertions on behalf of the public on this occasion; and have hopes that in Alexandria and Baltimore you may be...
If you have had leizure to examine my unimproved lot in Alexa., more attentively, and have digested any plan in your own mind for an advantageous division of it, I would thank you for the result, as I wish to fix on a Plan. I was informed, when in Town last, that Mr Voss (I think the name is) would give 18d. a sqr. yard for the earth to make bricks—& that he would not deface, or injure the lot...
Your favor of the 25 ultimo came duly to hand. Presuming that my letter to you of the 28th of April had either miscarried, or that you were employed in the investigation of the Shanandoah (of which I recollected some mention had been made). And having occasion to write to Colo. Hooe on other business I mentioned to him the flour I had for sale; and have, since, accepted the offer he made me...
Enclosed is an open Letter to mister Lee, Collector at Alexandria, requesting him to deliver up the Office books & papers to you; tho’ it would be more regular, & in my opinion better that the matter should be suspended until I return to Philadelphia, (for which place I shall set out tomorrow) when a Commission will issue agreeably to Constitutional modes. I am Sir, &c. LB , DLC:GW . GW’s...
Two or three days after my arrival in this City, I forwarded a Commission appointing you Collector of the Port of Alexandria; to be in force until the end of the next session of Congress, longer than which I could not issue one in the recess of the Senate but there is no instance of that body with-holding its consent to appointments thus made when offered to them for confirmation. I am now...
Thursday next is the day on which the Stock holders in the Potomack Navigation, are summoned to meet, in George Town. I have been pressed to attend; and mean to attend, if the weather will permit, and no unforseen event happens to prevent it—and if you are not otherwise engaged will take a family dinner with you, on my way up, the preceeding day (Wednesday). I wish, & hope that the meeting may...
Enclosed is an answer to the resolutions of the Citizens of Alexandria, which came under a blank cover to me , & which were ordered to be published in the Gazette of that place. But if the 8th resolution is not published along with the others, nor intended to be so, (which seems probable, as it is separate & distinct) I request, in that case, that the answer may not appear; because I have...
I will endeavour to attend the Committee, on Wednesday, agreeable to your notice. No conveyance is like to happen, that I know of, from hence to Colo. Mason previous to the meeting; otherwise I should not fail to give him notice & request his attendance—It now rests upon you to do it. I am Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt ALS , PHC . John Fitzgerald (d. 1800 1799 ) had emigrated from Ireland a few...
I received your favor of the 3d instant a few days ago. If there be any specific agreement, in writing , between Mr Whiting and the occupant of my Lot in Alexandria, I must abide by it, however erroneous the measure; provided it shall appear that the tenant has, or is in a way & condition to comply with his part of the contract. If no such written agreement can be exhibited, I shall not think...
If the necessary alterations are made in the petition and Bills which were drawn by Mr Johnson—and fair copies of them taken the sooner they are forwarded to the respective assemblies the better. —Time is gliding away—at the latter part of a session the members get impatient and but too often reject matters, because they will not spare time to attend to them.—I am—Dear Sir Yr Obed. Servt G....
In answer to your letter of yesterday’s date, I request you would inform Mr Sim’s that I cannot with my own consent, & consistent with my own engagements, grant the time he asks for payment of the money due me, and which ought to have been paid weeks ago. If my hold is not weakened by the Act, and he will give me unequivocal security (such I mean as you would be satisfied with) that the money...
I intended to have written to you on the subject of the enclosed letter, from the Federal City, but by dining in a large company at Mr Laws (the day I parted with you) and examining the public buildings afterwards, I was prevented: and letters from the Secretary of State which I met on the Road, and which required my attention yesterday afternoon I was again prevented from doing it in time for...
On Monday last, in Alexandria, Colo. Marstellar applied to me to rent my lot with the house on it in that place for three years, from the expiration of the year for wch it is now engaged (at Sixty pounds until Feby). I answered, that I was well disposed to receive him as a tenant and for the term above mentioned, but was unable to fix the rent then; being unacquainted with such as were usual...
It is of so much consequence to the Company, that necessary and legal measures should be pursued to obtain Judgments againts its delenquent members at the ensuing General Court—now little more than five weeks distant—that I beg a moment may not be lost in complying with the requisition of Mr Lee for this purpose. In the mean time, if one of two things must take place which seem very likely—a...
Nothing but sickness would have prevented my attendance at the Seneca Falls on Monday next agreeably to appointment. On sunday last (occasioned by an imprudent act) I was seized by an ague & fever. on Tuesday & yesterday they returned with great violence, with scarce any intermission of the fever. Whether the Doctors efforts will baffle them tomorrow, remains to be determined; but at any rate...
Letter not found: to John Fitzgerald and George Gilpin, Mount Vernon, 27 Jan. 1789. The dealer’s catalog quotes from this letter: “As the business of the Poto’k Company seems, in some measure, to have come to a crisis—I have thought (since you left this on Sunday) whether a F ull meeting of the Board is not M ore desirable than to write to Messrs. Johnson & Lee.—No communications can be so...
Your letter of the 14th instant ⟨ca⟩me to hand in due course of Post, and ⟨w⟩ould have received an earlier acknowledgment had I not been pressed with other business. I have no hesitation in declaring, ⟨t⟩hat the conduct of Mr Thomas Digges towards the United States during the War (in which they were engaged with Great Britain) and since, as far as the same has come to my knowledge, has not...
At my return from Alexandria yesterday afternoon, I found the letters & papers herewith enclosed. I send the whole, as well private as public—the former for your satisfaction—the latter for you to act upon. As these, with the Maryland Act & resolutions which I left in the hands of Mr Lee for the purpose of communicating them to the Gentn in town (well wishers to the inland navigation of the...
Yesterday Mr Brindley, in company with a Mr Harris (Manager for the James River company, and sent by the Directors thereof for the former) left this on their way to Richmond: from whence Mr Brindley expected to be returned as far as Alexandria, by the 4th of next Month. I have engaged him to call upon Colo. Gilpin on his rout back. Mr Brindley and Mr Harris took the Great Falls in their way...