George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 24 November 1797]

24. Clear & cold. Wd. at No. Wt. Mer. as above—A Mr. Welch from Greenbrier dined here.

James Welch of Rockingham County, now living in Greenbrier County, arrived at Mount Vernon armed with a cautious letter of introduction from Daniel Morgan. He had no money but had a grandiose scheme for leasing GW’s 23,000 acres of land on the Kanawha River and dividing it into small farms for sublease. On 29 Nov., Welch submitted a definite proposition for leasing the land with an option to buy. GW wrote Dr. James Craik in Alexandria to try to find out more about him before carrying negotiations any further (COOK description begins Roy Bird Cook. Washington’s Western Lands. Strasburg, Va., 1930. description ends , 71–73; PRUSSING description begins Eugene E. Prussing. The Estate of George Washington, Deceased. Boston, 1927. description ends , 119, 464–65).

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