George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George William Fairfax, 19 December 1772

From George William Fairfax

Monday Evening [c.19 December 1772]

Dear sir

I received yours covering the Deeds and Bonds, which I have examined, and find right, except the omission of the word Oak and have Sign’d the three Bonds for Payment. I am thoroughly satisfied that your Survey is as Correct (if not more so[)] than any Mr West could have gott made, And rather my Dear Sir than your Schemes should be flustrated, shall be fully content with the Land on the South side of the Main road, it being my first, and principal View, untill I had a prospect of getting some of Herryford & Masons Tract for Timber to supply the Fen[c]ing cross the Neck. But it matters not, and I am obliged to you for the 72 Acres, only I could have wished, that if the Letter F is at a Gum on the Creek, it could have gone to the bulge of the Creek.1

Mrs Fairfax is really not able to stur out, and it would give Her great pleasure to see her good Neighbour with you, as you are so good to say youl do me that favor before I leave home, and We are with all due respect, Dear sir Your Most Obed. humble Servt

Go: Wm Fairfax

ALS, NN: Emmet Collection.

GW notes in his cash accounts receiving on 23 Dec. the payment that Fairfax refers to here. The preceding Monday was 19 December.

1Under the date 28 Oct. 1772 in General Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 66, GW records having sold to Fairfax for a price of £90: “72 Acres of Land—out of the Tract I bought of Mr Charles West commonly calld Chappel Land @ 25/ pr A.” See December 1772 Cash Accounts, n.5, and GW to Charles West, 6 June 1769, and notes to that document.

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