To William Savage
Mount Vernon 27th May 1767
The Security, and manner of giving it, propos’d in yours of the 25th will be perfectly satisfactory to me, if any Inconvenience attends the other method of doing it; but as Colo. Fairfax is equally concernd, and from home, I woud choose to answer for myself only; perswaded nevertheless, that it will be agreeable to him also to give you as little trouble as possible on this head: In the meantime, and in his ⟨absence⟩, let me desire that this matter may ⟨not interfere⟩ with any other business you may ⟨have⟩ on hand, or give cause for uneasiness. ⟨Mutilated none⟩ to me, & I dare venture to say the same for Colo. Fairfax.
I was in hopes before this to have receivd money from Messrs Carlyle & Adam & therewith dischargd my Bond to the late Revd Mr Green—they have hitherto disappointed me—but having Mr Adam’s promise to see you in a few days for this purpose, I hope he will fulfill it in paying the money.1 I am Sir Yr Most Hble Servt
ADfS, DLC:GW. GW drafted his letter on the back of the cover of Savage’s letter to him of 25 May 1767. GW wrote at the bottom of the draft, “answer to the foregoing.” The bracketed portions are taken from Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 2:455.
1. GW had given Charles Green his bond for £260 in 1763 to secure a bond of John Posey, and after Green’s death carried the bond to Mrs. Green’s credit. GW noted in Mrs. Green’s account on 17 June 1767, “To Cash for my Bond taken in by Mr Robt Adam from Dr Savage” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 152, 168, 213). See also Cash Accounts, October 1763, and note 8.