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Your letter of the 12 th of Septr only came to my hands a few days ago. You can best tell how far the collection of my Rents in Berkeley, Frederick, Fauquier & Loudoun would interfere with the business you have to execute for Colo. Fairfax. If it can be made to comport with his, and the Gentleman who employed you to look after it would signify as much I should be very willing to commit my...
I have lately received two letters from you, one of the 14th & the other of the 25th of last month. The Bonds which you have taken from Mr Whiting had better remain in your hands until they are discharg’d. And by the time you propose to be at Belvoir, in April—I will endeavour to prepare a proper rental for you, if it shall be in my power, from the pressure of other matters. It was always my...
A few days ago by a Mr Hickman, who either is, or wants to be a tenant of mine in Frederick County—I sent you a dozen blank Leases. The tract on which he says he is fixed, is part of two Lots which I purchased at the sale of Colo. George Mercer’s Estate, in the year 1774; a plat of which I send you, that the whole may be arranged into four tenements—as conveniently disposed as water &c. will...
Both your letters of the 16th have come safe —As you have engaged the Clover Seed of Mr Wormeleys Manager I will take one Bushel of it, though I had no idea of giving tha[t] price, as I could have got the same quantity from Philadelphia (I suppose equally) good for half the sum if I had applied in time—If you send it to the care of Mr Hartshorne in Alexandria, it will come safe, and the sooner...
I have received two or three letters from you of late. The clover Seed which was sent to the care of Mr Hartshorne I have got, and am obliged by the dispatch with which you have sent it. The great inattention to my Tenants during the nine years that I was absent, and the traffick which they made of my Land (expressly contrary to the Tenor of my Leases) renders it next to impossible for me...
Letter not found: to Battaile Muse, 27 Oct. 1785. In the Thomas Birch’s Sons catalog no. 683, April 5–6, 1892, this letter is described as “Acknowledging the purchase of 1000 bushels of wheat from Battaile Muse, for which he agrees to pay 6 shillings per bushel.”
Your letters of the 15th & 26th of last month are both at hand, with respect to the latter, I agree that Daniel Harrel may have the Lott No. 2 on the terms mentioned therein. and you may fill up leases accordingly. In answer to the first letter, rather than involve my self in uncertain Lawsuits—but certain expence & perplexities, I would allow for paper payments of Rents the same as specie—But...
Since I wrote you last I have received your letter of the 28th of Novr—Although you could not make out an exact settlement of the Accts, as they stand between the Tenants and me, I wish you had returned me a list of them, and the Lotts on which they live, with the Rent each man pays. I see no advantage that is to be derived now, from my being on the Tenemants. As you have power, and your...
A few days ago a Mr Isaac Jenny of Loudon County was with me respecting a Piece of land which he supposing was Vacant, has been endeavouring to obtain but which upon investigation, he finds belongs to me, & in part of my Chattins Run tract adjoining Robt Ashbys, though claimed by Mr Robt Scott who has Placed a Tenant thereon One Jesse Hit whose first Years Rent is now due. As far as I can...
Letter not found: to Battaile Muse, 27 Jan. 1786. Muse wrote GW on 20 Feb. : “Your Favour by Daniel McPherson dated January The 27th Last I received.”
My last by Mr Danl McPherson, would inform you, why I did not write more fully by that opportunity. and my attendance since on the Business of the Potomack Company at the Great Falls, is the reason of the delay, in doing it untill now. Your letters of the 10th Decr & of the 12th 17th & 18th of last Month are before me, & Such parts of them, as have not been answered, & appear to require it,...
I have Just received your letter of the 20th of last Month, & only request that you will proceed as you have begun; that is, to do equal & impartial Justice to the Tennants, & myself, I want no improper advantage of them on the one hand—On the other, where leases are clearly forfeited by a manifest intention on the part of the Tennant to neglect all the Covenants in them, that were inserted...
Letter not found: to Battaile Muse, 6 May 1786. On 4 June Muse wrote GW : “Your Favour dated the 6th may Came To hand.” Muse’s letter of 4 June appears to be in response to GW’s letter of 12 May which in turn was GW’s response to Muse’s letter of 6 May ; Muse may have meant to cite GW’s letter of 12 May rather than a missing letter of 6 May .
I have received your letter of the 6th instt but not inclining to take your surplus wheat, on purchase, will order it to be ground & packed, subject to your order—As you did not direct what kind of flour it should be made into—it will be fine only—unless you should in time direct otherwise. I lost very considerably by the delay of your wheat—In the first of the Manufactury of it I had a brisk...
I did not receive your Letter of the 4th of June seasonably enough to return an Answer so soon as you may have expected. I cannot inform you with any precision what the flour made of the 500 bushels of wheat sent to my mill is worth, as I am informed that flour has risen to the Northward, and the short crops of wheat this season will undoubtedly have a great effect upon the price of it. I...
I want to change my seed wheat, but do not incline to sow any but of the white kind, I shall be ready to commence my seeding in a few days and if you have of this kind, ready, either of this, or the last year and will receive payment for it out of your collection of my Rents, I should be glad to have sent me from one to three or four hundred Bushels.—I will give the Alexandria price at this...
Not till within these two days did your letter of the 11th of last Month get to my hands. I have sent your advertisement to the Printer and as soon as the number of copies are struck they shall be forwarded to you. My former letter containing my sentiments respecting the flour at my mill, I have done nothing in it since rather wishing that you would pursue your own judgment with respect to the...
As the fifty Bushels of Wheat stands as an article of charge at 5/6 in your account against me, it may remain so as a final settlement of the matter—Although I have no flour at present for sale and have made no enquiry into the price of this article, I do not suppose I shall either loose or gain much in so small a quantity by fixing the Wheat at this price. With respect to the persons named in...
Having an immediate occasion for a sum of money, it would be very acceptable to me to receive what is in your hands of mine. An order on any person in this place, that would be punctually complied with, will suit me. I am Sir yr Very Hble Servt ALS , NcD : Battaile Muse Papers.
It would seem by your letter of the 3d instt that you had not received my last; in which I desired that whatever money you had, or could command of mine, might be sent to me; or an order drawn on some responsible person in Alexandria; as I was much in want of it. This request I now repeat, as I have, since that time been disappointed of other sums wch I thought myself sure of receiving. &...
I have just received your letter of the 4th inst. and the 50 pounds sent by Mr A. Morton. Mr Wales accepted the order upon him, and says he will endeavour to pay it when it becomes due, but as the time of payment has not yet arrived I cannot say anything decided upon it. It is not in my power to send a person to meet you at Leesburg as the time which you mentioned to be there is already...
Your letter of yesterday was handed me by your Servant—I shall agreeable to your advice, Send to Mr Waless on Friday evening for the thirty pounds. I do not wish to have Lemert & Shover so far distressed as to break them up, but I should think they might find some method of paying a part, at least, of what they owe, or of securing the debt to me. If the Tenants do not comply with Covenants of...
I have received your letter of the 19th Inst. and Mr Lear has, agreeable to your request therein, called upon Messrs D. & I. McPherson & Wm Hunter Junr Esqr. who have informed him that the money shall be paid conformable to your advice. It would have suited me exceedingly well to have discharged my proportion of the assessment on the Potomack Company in the manner mentioned in your letter,...
Although it is my wish, & desire, that the Papers belonging to the deceased Colo. Fairfax was in the hands of his Executors, or in those of any other whom they may think proper to appoint to receive them—yet, prudence dictates to me the propriety of an order from them for their delivery. This, as I have never seen your power of Attorney—and as you decline sending your Waggon for them now, can,...
I have reed your letter of the 19th Ulto and, <in com>pliance with your request, have taken, from Colo. Fairfax’s <ledger a> Copy of Colo. Warner Washington’s Acct which is here enclos<ed. There is no> Acct in his Book with Mr Lee—neither father nor <Son>. I am very sorry that indisposition<, or any other cau>se should have prevented you from coming down <at the time> you proposed; for it is...
I have received your letter of the 7th Inst. together with your account, a List of my Tenants, and £8.19.4 in Cash. It was not my intention to have wounded your feelings by my last letter, as you say I did—I only meant to express my earnest desire to have a Rent Roll of my lands under your care, and not knowing the causes which prevented its being made out, I conceived that so long a delay of...
Letter not found: to Battaile Muse, 21 Feb. 1789. On 12 Mar. GW wrote to Muse : “I wrote to you on the 21st Ulto.”
Your Letters of the 16th and 25th Ullto are before me. The draft upon Mr Wales for £20 enclosed in the former was duly discharged by him. The order for one hundred barriels of flour enclosed in the letter is herewith returned—Altho’ the Cash, as any thing that could produce it, would be very acceptable to me at present, yet I am not so much in want of it as to sink 20 per Cent to obtain...
I have received your letters of the 17th & 21st Insts. the latter containing a Draft on Mr Josiah Watson for one hundred pounds, which he informs me shall be paid agreeably to the sight mentioned. I have no objection to the Gentlemen who are proposed to settle the line between Mr Scott and myself; and I think with you that the sooner it is done the better. When it is completed I would wish you...
In an overhaul, and arrangement of my papers, I have found an agreement (and Bond for the performance of it) with your father; by which he was to convey all the right, title, and interest which he had in a tract of 7276 acres of Land on the Great Kanhawa, to me. This, I beleive, was accordingly done; but it runs in my mind (though Colo. Pendleton undertook to see to the recording of it) that...