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Letter not found: from Bushrod Washington, 20 Mar. 1785. On 3 April GW wrote to his nephew Bushrod : “Your letter of the 20th Ulto did not come to my hands until the 31st.”
We have lately instituted a society in these lower counties, called the Patriotic Society. As it is something new, and there are a few men both good and sensible who disapprove of it, it will be a high gratification to me to know your sentiments of it, if you will be so kind as to communicate them. The object of the institution is to inquire into the state of public affairs; to consider in...
The motives which gave birth to the Society, were these. We conceived, that in a government where the voice and sentiments of the people are delivered by representation, the few who are elected to speak these sentiments are the servants of the electors; that in grand points of national concern, the people are the best judges of their wants, their own interests, and can more sensibly feel those...
Letter not found: from Bushrod Washington, 19 Oct. 1787. On 9 Nov. GW wrote Bushrod Washington: “I received your letters of the 19th & 26th Ult.”
Letter not found: from Bushrod Washington, 26 Oct. 1787. On 9 Nov. GW wrote Bushrod Washington: “I received your letters of the 19th & 26th Ult.”
The convention has hitherto made a very slow progress towards finishing the business before them, and leads me to apprehend, that we shall be detained here much longer than I at first expected. We have determined to go through the constitution clause by clause, before any question shall be put. This regulation, if attended to, would expedite the business, by confining us to the particular...
As an Executor to my Father, I am involved in an affair which has given me much concern, and which is likely to afford me some trouble, and as it is difficult for me to determine in what manner to act, I take the liberty of asking your advice, and as fare as you can give it, your assistance. Doctor Stewart as administrator to Mr Custis had a Bond agt my uncle Sam, which was very nearly out of...
From a variety of reasons which have for some time past operated upon my mind, It has become in my Judgment necessary for me to remove from this part of the Country, and to fix in some Town. my inclination leads me towards Alexandria whether I shall act with prudence and wisdom in this change of situation, I can only determine from the force of those reasons upon my mind, which have...
I take this opportunity by Mr Packet (who goes up with my furniture) to return you my very grateful thanks for the offer you were pleased to make me of your House, rent free. The difference between paying thirty or forty pounds, and not paying any thing is very considerable, and would have been a great relief and assistance to me, at least at this time; I would therefore most willingly have...
I was not at home when your Letter arrived yesterday, or Should then have thanked you, as I now sincerely do, for your kind offer —previous to the rect of it, I had rented an office of Mr Watson, at the exorbitant price of £15. Your Stable I will put into repair & make use of until you may want it. I very readily accept your offer of Hay, as it is both difficult to procure it Here, and when...
I was very sorry that Business at Court obliging me to be in Town on Monday last, prevented me from calling at Mount Vernon on my way up. Since then I have been, & I suppose shall continue to be under the necessity of attending Court all the week; should you not leave Home before Sunday, I shall on that day wait on you. The Letter which accompanies this, I Recd a few days ago with a request to...
I Recieved a Letter from my Brother a few days past, enclosing one to you on the same subject with his first, requesting me to forward it, unless I had recieved an answer to his other, which he was apprehensive had miscarryed. I put his second into the Post office and a few days afterwards had the pleasure to recieve your favour of the 16th Inst. I have mentioned this circumstance in order to...
It is with great unwillingness that I take the liberty of troubling you upon the business which is the subject of this letter, well knowing how little time you have to spare from public employments. It Was necessary to make you a party in the present suit, tho’ only for forms sake. Indeed, I suppose you would wish for an opportunity of renouncing the character of Exectr of Mr Fairfax, which I...
I find that there is an injunction in the High Court of Chancery obtained against you, which I am employed by those interested in the Judgment at law, to dissolve—to do this, your answer is necessary. I send you a Copy of the Bill; if upon the reciept of this letter, you will immediately communicate to me the substance of your answer, I will save you the expence of applying to Counsel, and...
I take the liberty of writing by Mr Maund who is going to Philadelphia, and of introducing him to you. I wrote you some posts ago, respecting a suit of Hanchaw agt you in the High Court of Chancery, which I hope you have recieved. with love to my Aunt I am most sincerely Your Affect. Nephew ALS , ViMtvL . A notation on the cover indicates that this letter was sent in care of “J.J. Maund Esqr.”...
I recd some time ago papers from Mr Keith respecting your Executorship of Colvill’s estate. I shall immediately bring suit in the Court of Chancery in order finally to close that business and to relieve you from embarrassment as to the disposition of the mony on hand. I will thank you to give me the general outlines of the business, and of your wishes, that I may be enabled thereby to frame my...
I rec: your letter of the 10th with a bundle of papers which I have examined. I had before issued a Subpœna from the Court of Chancery, and I wish to file the Bill during the present Session that I may be enabled to obtain an order to be inserted in the Gazette warning the residuary Legatees to come forward with their respective pretensions. Your great object I know is to close this business,...
I received your favor by last post for which accept my grateful acknowledgements. I shall make the necessary enquiries, and then pursue such steps as may insure to me the benefit of your bounty. I should have written to you immediately after the end of the last Chancery Term respecting the suit agt Colvilles Legatees, but that I expected the pleasure of seeing you at Mount vernon sometime in...
I recd your favor of the 10th during my confinement under a severe attack of the Pleuresy. I am now on the recovery, tho’ very weak, nor have I yet left my room. The deed you wrote for is now enclosed, but I find it was not recorded within the time prescribed by Law. I have received no answer to my letter respecting your Kanawa Lands. As that letter was interesting to you, I hope it did not...
I now enclose you my opinion upon the points stated in your letter of the 9th. As you may possibly wish to submit it to the consideration of your Counsel, I have left out of it, such parts of the subject as are unconnected with the cause, & need only be communicated confidentially to yourself. Mr Swan’s demand for defending the suit, I think very extravagant. We seldom recieve such fees in the...
I now enclose you a Copy of the Grant you wrote for. The Inquisition cannot be found. I have directed the Clerk to continue his search, and if he should succeed, a Copy shall be immediately forwarded, if you can give a more particular description of it, from any papers in your possession, it may assist in the discovery. with love to my Aunt I am my dear Uncle Most Sincerely Yr Affect. Nephew...
Your letter of the 23d I yesterday recieved. I waited upon Mr Brook today to make the necessary enquiries respecting Mrs Forbes. The Character he gives her, assures me that she will fully answer the purposes for which my Aunt wants her. She is honest, industrious, & well acquainted with nice as well as common Cooking, and other subjects of domestic employment necessary in her profession. But...
I went in pursuit of Mrs Forbes this morning, but could not find her—with the assistance of Mr Brooke I obtained an interview with her this evening at her house, her price is $150 a year—She will be at Mount Vernon in a month from this time, if her terms are accepted—sooner she cannot go. you will please inform me, whether the terms as to price & time will suit you—I shall at all events pursue...
I have conversed with Mr Brooke respecting Mrs Forbes and am enabled to get you the following history of that person. She is a widow—a Native of England & without a family—about 50 yrs of age—active & spirited in the execution of her business—sober & honest—well acquanted with Cookery & in his opinion capable of ordering & setting out a table—her appearance is decent & respectable & such is...
I have examined the records in the General Court Office which contain the writs of ad quod damnum & the Inquisitions returned thereon. There is no instance of surveys accompanying the Inquisitions; in every case where they were made, the plats were retained I presume by the surveyors. In some cases the Inquisition states a survey to have been made in presence of the Jury. But in the greatest...
I was very much surprized yesterday to meet with Mrs Forbes at my office—I had no doubt of her having been long since at Mount Vernon. She came to account for her being still in Richmond, to express her anxiety to get up, and her inability to do so from the want of mony. This latter circumstance astonished me still more, as Mr Brook (who she informs me is her debtor[)], promised to furnish her...
Your favor of the 18th I duly received. I could not obtain from the Auditors Office the information you desire, so as to communicate it by this post, nor do I expect to receive it for some days—The Auditor promises to give it me as soon as his other business will permit, which he thinks will be in the course of a week or ten days, observing at the same time that you cannot be injured by the...
I have at length procured from the Auditors office a rough Statement of Yr Taxes in Kanawa for the 6 years mentioned in Aldersons order, by which you will discover that they differ £1.11.7 from the amount there stated. But as the difference is trifling, and the Auditor may very probably have made a mistake in the calculation (for he did it in a hurry) it would probably be better to pay it,...
Letter not found: from Bushrod Washington, 21 Jan. 1798. On 30 Jan. GW wrote Bushrod Washington : “your letter of the 21st instant was received.”
I am quite disappointed in not having it in my power to give you satisfactory information upon the subject of your last letter. I have been twice to the Auditors office, and have had the Commissioners books examined. I can find no other Tracts returned by them than those of which I before sent you a Statement. neither those on the ohio nor the 587 acre tract are at all mentioned. The Auditor...