George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George William Fairfax, 1 January 1773

From George William Fairfax

[1 January 1773]

My whole attention being now fixed upon preparing for my trip to England1 . . . I find I can’t leave the country with any peace of mind . . . without placing a general power of attorney with some Gentm. of known probity.

In this part of the Colony I have not a Friend (yourself excepted) in whom I can repose such confidence . . . I should by no means wish to add more trouble to your own extensive affairs, than to intreat that you would do me the favor to displace, and appoint another manager, or collector, in case of misconduct or death to receive my Tobacco Notes, and proceeds of my estate from Mr. Willis, direct him in the shipping of tobacco, receive my rents from my collector in order to purchase bills of exchg. to be remitted to me . . . Your favourable answer to this will be gratefully acknowledged.2

Printed (incomplete), Parke-Bernet catalog no. 1190, item 381, 30–31 Oct. 1950.

1For the departure of George William Fairfax and his wife to England, see Fairfax to GW, 5 Aug. 1773.

2For GW’s response, see his letter of 19 January. Francis Willis, Jr. (1745–1828), Fairfax’s estate manager, lived in Leesburg, Loudoun County. See Fairfax to GW, 2 Mar. 1775.

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