To the Governor of Virginia, with an Account of Expenses
Paris Aug. 22. 1785.
I was honoured yesterday with your Excellency’s letter of June the 16th. inclosing the resolution of Assembly relative to the busts of the M. de la Fayette. I shall render chearfully any services I can in aid of Mr. Barclay for carrying this resolution into effect. The M. de la Fayette being to pass into Germany and Prussia it was thought proper to take the model of his bust in plaister before his departure. Monsr. Houdon was engaged to do it and did it accordingly. So far Mr. Barclay had thought himself authorized to go in consequence of orders formerly received. You will be so good as to instruct me as to the monies hereafter to be remitted to me whether I am to apply them solely to the Statue of General Washington, or to that and the Marquis’s bust in common as shall be necessary. Supposing you wish to know the application of the monies remitted from time to time, I state hereon an account thereof so far as I am able at present. Before your receipt of the letter I am in hopes mine of July 11. by Monsr. Houdon will have come to your hands. In that I inclosed you a copy of the contract with him.
I have the honour to be with due respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble servt.,
|1785||Apr. 20. Receivd. of Laval & Wilfelsheim on Alexander’s bill||8957—11|
|1785.||Mar. 11. To pd. portage of Genl. Washington’s picture from l’Orient||13— 8|
|Apr. 16. To pd. for a frame to do.||51— 0|
|July 18. To pd. to Monsr. Houdon||10,000— 0|
|Aug. 15. To pd. Houdon’s bill on me for expences||2,724— 6—6|
Besides the above sums paid
RC (Vi); addressed: “His Excellency the Governor of Virginia”; endorsed.
PrC (DLC). Recorded in SJL as sent “by Mr. Fitzhugh”; entry in SJPL reads: “Govr. of Virga. Fayette’s bust.” Enclosure (Vi).