George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Croghan, 18 August 1771

From George Croghan

Fort pitt [Pa.] Augst 18th 1771

Dear Sir

I Should have Wrote you long ago in answer to yrs of 24th Nobr butt the Spring Turnd out Such Wether as prevented My Survair from Runing the out Lines of My Grant, or Capt. Crafferds Reconeterg however this Sumer I have had that Don & the Whole Layd of in Townships.

I Now Inclose you a Draft of one Near the Monohongala Capt. Crafferd has been Cheeffly over the whole & Tells Me he Knows the Land well So that I Shall Say Nothing About the quality Butt Refer you to him, if Like the Tract you Shall have itt att five pounds Sterling hundred Subject to the Kings Qutrents only as I promisd you when hear.1

My last Leters from England was the 5th of June wh. Leves No Doubt butt the New Charter Government wold be Confirmd, in Some Days after.

By My Leters it apears that Nothing Retarded that Mater but the Diferancess att home between the parlament & City of London, as I hourly Expect Capt. Trent he haveing Determind to Sail in the July packett, on his A Riveal I Shall Know whether I yett Stand a Shair in the New Colony or Nott, and Shall Write you on that Subject, if I Stand a Shair I will Make you a preposial.2

If itt be in My power to Serve Capt. Crafferd in the New Colony you May be ashurd I will and am prety Certian there will be a Number of persons Wanting. I am Sir with Great Respect your Most Humble Servant

Geo: Croghan

ALS, DLC:GW. The letter is directed “ f⟨eavor⟩ of Capt. Crafford.” William Crawford probably brought the letter with him to Mount Vernon on 10 Oct. (see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:61, and GW to Croghan, 21 Oct.).

1GW visited Croghan at his home near Fort Pitt on 19 Oct. 1771 during his western tour. A plat of 27,500 acres bounded by the Monongahela River and Mingo and Chartiers creeks is enclosed. See Crawford to GW, 2 Aug., nn. 1–3, 7. See also GW to Croghan, 21 Oct. 1771.

2For the mission of William Trent and Samuel Wharton to London in 1769 to promote the claims of such “Suffering Traders” as George Croghan, see Jonathan Boucher to GW, 18 Aug. 1770, n.4, and its references.

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