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In Bradfords Paper of the 30th Ulto I perceive an anonymous advertisement of a person who wants employment as a miller, referring to you for his character. If this is such, as in all points of view I could approve, it is very likely I might employ him at my Mills in Virginia (ten miles from Alexa.). My present miller who has lived with me thirteen or fourteen years; & who perhaps understands...
Since I was favored with your letter of Septr I have received the enclosed from Mr Lund Washington (who has charge of my business in Virginia) to Colo. Biddle; it was accompanied with the following paragraph to me: "William Roberts would not enter into such articles as I wanted him to sign, altho’ he has for several years (since he lived here) signed much the same; he says he is convinced from...
Your favor of the 23d is come to hand—since which I have received a letter from Mr Lund Washington informing me, that Wm Roberts my prest miller is not only uneasy at the thoughts of leaving my employ, but has given the strongest assurances of amendment if he should be continued. In consequence I have desired L.W. to contract with him for another year, provided you do not by the first Post to...
Your letters of the 18th to your Aunt and myself, found me at this place—where it is not likely I shall remain much longer. It is not very probable, as I shall want to be well fixed at New York before I send for your Aunt—and the same Horses will have to carry us both there—that she will be able to commence her journey, for that place before the first of May. But in this, as in every dependent...
On conversing with Capt. Mullins the day I left your house I found that you had greatly miscalculated the amount of the interest on the price of my land. Supposing, as he told me, it would be upwards of £400, when in fact it will be only but £56–5 sterling or £75 currency. The paiments accomodated to your situation would be as follows in sterling money. £ 1st. paiment  625 £ 2d in 1791. 75...
It is with a great deal of pain that I have found myself under a necessity of having suits brought against two persons so nearly connected with yourself and Mrs. Lewis as your son Robert and Capt. S. Woodson. You know that I was left burthened with a great debt for Mr. Wayles’s estate, and in scuffling to pay what I could of that, I suffered my own accounts to accumulate. My attornies found it...
Enclosed is a letter for Mr Muse, requesting him to put my papers into your hands, and to give you such information with respect to the business, as is necessary to bring you acquainted with the present state of it—After you have read the letter, and noticed the contents, seal and deliver it to him. Receive from Mr Muse all the blank leases with which I have furnished him, as well as those...
Being in Richmond last week Mr P. Lyons jur, who does business for John Hopkins, Esqr. put into my hands for the President U:S. some public paper which had been funded by you some considerable time ago. He has requested of the Prest a rect which was given you at the time, for the Certificates; & the President, supposing it must be in your possession, directs me to desire you will forward it to...
I wish you would, as soon as the enclosed letter gets to your hand⟨s⟩, call upon Major Harrison and endeavor to purchase from him the land therein mentioned, & for the reason therein assigned. If you can get it for a sum not exceeding forty shillings (virga curry) per Acre (wch is a great deal more than it is worth) close the bargain with him at once, provided, as is mentioned in the letter,...
I have been informed within these few days that Major Harrison of Loudoun County who owns a piece of land adjoining my tract in Fairfax, is disposed to sell it, and to convert the money to more useful purposes. I am led from the rascally set of Tenants who occupy that land—& by no other consideration whatsoever to become the purchaser of it, that I may be relieved by that means from the...
Enclosed are copies of letters written to you agreeably to their dates. They are sent on the possibility that the originals may have miscarried, although the probability, I hope is much against it. In a late letter to Mr Whiting, at Mount Vernon, I have directed him not to sell the Stud horse, but to deliver him to your order. The sooner you send for him the better. Your Aunt unites with me in...
I have received your letters of the 4th & 9th of Jany in answer to mine of the 23d of Decr. I would not have you seek— at least apparently —Major Harrison; but if you should, or could conveniently fall in with him soon, and without forcing the conversation, talk to him again on the Subject of his land adjoining me, & extract any thing farther from him on the subject thereof that might be...
The Land which was given to me by my mother, or as Heir at law I am entitled to without —I do, as I told you at Mt Vernon, make you a present of. It lyes near the Accoceek old Furnace and about eight miles from Falmouth on the Road leading to it containing, as I have generally understood, about 400 Acres of the most valuable Pine in that part of the Country; but which, as I have been informed,...
Your letter of the 17th. instant came duly to hand. I am sorry you let Major Harrison’s land slip through your fingers; but it is only one among a variety of instances which might be adduced of the disadvantages which attend the postponement of business; and serves to prove the verity of an old proverb—“that nothing should be put off until the morrow, that can be done to day”. A month or two...
Your letter of the 12th Inst: came to hand in due course of Post. Nothing short of a very high price, would induce me to sell my small tract (of about 300 Acres) on Difficult Run in Loudoun County; for which, on Account of the Mill seat—quantity of Meadow land—contiguity to the Great Falls (where a town is erecting)—Georgetown, the Federal City, and Alexandria (from the last of which it is...
You have not informed me yet, in what condition, or under what circumstances you found my lots in the Towns of Winchester and Bath—and my land above the latter: or whether you have visited all, or any of them since I see you last. I wish also to be informed how your collection stands, that I may direct the application of the money: and request you will furnish me with a correct list of all my...
Your letter of the 7th instt came duly to hand with the Rental enclosed. As there are no houses, or any thing standing on my lots in the Town & Common of Winchester, it is of no great moment what is done with them. I am not disposed to sell them, nor to part with them on lease for a long term; but if you could obtain an annual Rent for either, or both, without running me to any expence, it...
If in a letter, not long since written to you, you were authorized to rent the Small tract of land I hold on Difficult run, in Loudoun County, I now desire that you will not do it. I have had some Overtures for the purchase of it; and have been offered five pounds an Acre, giving credit, which I was willing to do; but the thing that parted us at that time, and may possibly do so forever, was...
Your letter of the 19th Instt has been received, & I will answer such parts as require it. The money in your hands, belonging to me, may be lodged in Alexandria, & made subject to Mr William Pearce (my manager) his order. This will answer all the purposes of your coming down, if he is advised thereof—At the sametime write, & transmit me the accts, that I may see who have paid, and who are...
Your letter of the 17th Ult. came duly to hand—but the pressure of business in which I am always involved whilst Congress are in Session, has prevented my acknowledging the receipt of it at an earlier date. and now, I may not be so full as you might wish; but shall touch upon the several points of your letter, and in the order they stand there. If the tenants are not punctual in the discharge...
Not having heard from you for sometime, I am desirous of knowing whether you have purchased any of my Berkeley, or Frederick Leases? and if not, whether the prospect of doing it is so favorable as to amount almost to a certainty of accomplishing the measure? If neither, I desire you would give up the idea of purchasing, and let me have the money you have collected; with the names of the...
Upon my return to this place from Philadelphia, about the middle of last month, I found your letter of Sepr 1st and the sum of Four hundred and seventy five pounds ten shillings & two pence which you had deposited in the hands of Mr Dandridge on account of your collection of my Rents which will be placed, as desired, to your credit. I am sorry you should have been so unsuccessful in purchasing...
Your letter of the 17th of last month did not reach my hands until the evening before last. Why so long delayed, I know not; because the passage from you to me, is certain; after the letter is once in the line of the Posts; tho uncertain from me to you: and for that reason it has become expedient for you to let me know to whose care (since your mother has left Fredericksburgh) letters for you...
Your letter of the 6th Ulto has been duly received; & this will go under cover to Mr Pearce; as, from the tenor of it, it is not unlikely you may be at Mount Vernon about this time. You do not seem to understand me yet, relative to the mode of paying my Rents. I neither want every driblet, as it is received, sent to Mr Pearce or deposited in the Bank of Alexandria; nor the whole withheld...
We arrived at this place on Monday last, where it is probable I shall remain until the middle of August, when public business will require my attendance in Philadelphia until towards the end of September. I shall then return to this place again, for Mrs Washington, with whom in the latter part of October I shall make my last journey, to close my public life the 4th of March; after which no...
I do by these presents give, and (if Deeds of Conveyance should not have been made before) hereby oblige my heirs, Executors and Administrators to fulfil, all the Lands which I hold on Deep run, or its branches in the County of Fauquier unto my Nephew Robert Lewis and to his heirs or Assigns forever. Given under my hand and Seal this 13th day of August 1796 Privately owned.
A day or two ago I received your letter of the 4th instant. As it is more than probable that my tenants on Goose Creek must have resolved, ’ere this, to go or stay; any opinion I can now give with respect to the terms, will have arrived too late. If the case however should be otherwise, get the best Rent you can from them for the ensuing year, or even let them remain on the old Rent; as I am...
Your letter of the 26th ulto has been received. To Mr F. Whiting for presenting, and to you for forwarding the orchard-grass Seeds, I feel myself obliged, and request you to mention it to him accordingly. I approve of your placing a Tenant upon my small tract of Land above Bath, at a moderate Rent, for the purpose of preserving the Timber thereon; and if decisive proof could be had of the...
The return of your brother Howel, affords me a direct & safe opportunity of enquiring whether any, and if any, what money you have of mine in your hands? What are your prospects of collecting the past years Rents, seasonably —and when I may look for the receipt of them? I have been induced, by the experience & advice of my Manager, Mr Anderson—to erect a large Distillery at my Mill; and have...
Your letter of the 31st Ulto came safe to hand; and the Deed therein enclosed, shall be executed in the manner, and in time, to obtain a certificate from the Clerk of this County at the Court next to be held for it, on the 19th instant, & transmitted to you. Enclosed is a letter for Sally Haynie, left open for your perusal before it is forwarded to her; with the contents of which, respecting...
Your letter of the 23d Ulto has been received. Mr Airesss draught on Mr Russell (of Alexandria) has been presented, & accepted, payable in ten days. I am glad to hear of your good luck, with the eloped tenant in Berkeley county. Recovery of the Tenement is of more importance, than the security of the Rents. I am not disposed to lease it for more than Seven years, and if you could let it for a...
It is quite time that you shd determine whether you will take Young Royal Gift to cover at your House the ensuing Season—or not; that he may be advertised accordingly. And for your information it is necessary to add that, he is rather slow in covering; indeed will not cover at all, unless there is a Jenny by, to excite & stimulate him to the Act. He is now in his prime being 7 years old spring...
Your letter of the 7th instant came duly to hand, but being received with many other letters, it was laid by, and entirely forgotten, until I came across it yesterday again. Mr Ariss’s draught on Mr James Russell for £42 pounds shall be presented to him, but if he is indisposed to pay it, or wants time to do it, he has a good pretext for delay, as you have sent it without your Endorsement,...
Enclosed you have Mr Ariss’s draught on James Russell Esqr., returned. It was presented to the latter for acceptance, by Mr Anderson, who received the following answer—to wit—that he had only £19 of Mr Ariss’s money in his hands, and could pay no more. This sum Mr Anderson refused to receive; and thus the matter ended with Mr Russell. Enclosed also you have the Press copy of a letter I wrote...
Your letter of the 10th of Septr came duly to hand, but as there was nothing contained in it that required to be acted upon immediately, I postponed acknowledging the receipt of it at an earlier period. The death of Mr Airess, of which I have been informed—and the direct conveyance, afforded by your brother Howells return, have induced me, to write you at this time. What prospect the death of...
Mr. Myers duly delivered your letter of the 8th. conveying to me the invitation of the Joint Committee of the Common Hall & Citizens of Fredericksburg to be with them at a dinner to be given to General La Fayette. Uniting with the Common Hall & Citizens in all their grateful sentiments towards General La Fayette, it would afford me much pleasure to unite also, in the proposed festive...
I am very sensible of the kindness of the Common-hall and citizens of Fredericksburg in the invitation which you are so good as to communicate to partake of a dinner which will be given to Gen l La Fayette in that place. my affection for him and my respect for the Common hall and citizens of Fredericksburg would render a compliance equally a duty and gratification. but age & debility put this...