From Robert Adam
Septr 16th 1773
The Pall or Black Cloath that was sent down to you on a late Occation Mr Carlyle Informs me was Originally your property, but as we are yet unprovided with one in town we must request the favour of you to send it by the bearer—Our Friend and Accquantance Mr Joseph Wattson Departed this life last night about Eleven oClock of a Bloody Flux, he neglectd himself much in the begining of the dissorder & only begin to think seriously of it when too late1—We have in generall been very Sickly but most people are now on the mending hand. I am Respectfully Your Most Humb: Servt
he is to be intered this Evening about 5 oClock.
1. Joseph Watson, who had been an infrequent visitor to Mount Vernon in the early 1770s, was a burgess for Dunmore County at the time of his death.