To Burwell Bassett
Mount Vernon Septr 9th 1770
If this Letter reaches you in time, it will serve to ask if you have any commands to Yaughyaughgany, as I purpose to set out for that part of the World about the 3d or 4th day of Octr Next for a Short stay1—A Report prevails here that the Ministry have lately granted to a Company in England, a large Tract of Country on the Ohio2 (Including the Lands we have just given £2500 Sterg for) to be formd into a Proprietary Government immediately—If this is true I suppose our Governor must have Authentick Accts of it; in which case, & you have time, I shoud be glad to get a certain Acct of the matter, & how far it is thought this Grant will affect the several Orders of Council for Lands to the Westward of us—& what in general is said & thought of it.3
Patcy is much as usual—Mrs Washington is very well—& the Family tolerable—We all join in best wishes to yourself Mrs Bassett, & little ones & I am Dr Sir Yr Most Affecte Hble Servt
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1. On 5 Oct. GW “Set out in Company with Doctr. [James] Craik for the Settlement on Redstone &ca.,” and he did not return home until 1 December. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:277–328.