George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Pendleton, 4 December 1773

From Edmund Pendleton

Decr 4 1773

Dear Sir

I received yr Favr1 & am very glad you have made the purchase of Mr Black. I am Possessed of none of the title Deeds, probably Colo. Brooke may to whom I immediately wrote & desired him, if he had, to forward them to Colo. Bassetts For you, or to Wmsburg to Mr Wythe, but have since heard he was not come home two days agoe.2 I imagine part of the conveyances are in the Secretary’s Office, & the residue in King & Queen, I mean For the Estate in that County, the title to which I believe is all to be deduced From Joshua Story the Patentee.3 As to the King Wm Estate, I know we never had any papers, but a Mortgage from Colo. Moore & a Release of the Equity of Redemption and Dower from him & Mrs Moore.4 My wife5 desires to be joined in Complts to Mrs Washington & will be glad to see you in your way up, as well as Dr Sr Yr mo. hble Servt

Edmd Pendleton

ALS, ViHi: Lee Family Papers.

1Letter not found.

2George Brooke (d. 1782) lived at Mantapike in King and Queen County on the Mattaponi and also owned land across the river in King William (8 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 474–75). Since 1767 Brooke had been employed by the trustees of John Robinson’s estate, Edmund Pendleton and Peter Lyons, to aid in collecting debts owed to the estate (Mays, Pendleton Papers description begins David John Mays, ed. The Letters and Papers of Edmund Pendleton, 1734–1803. 2 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1967. description ends , 1:36). Brooke wrote Bartholomew Dandridge on 8 Dec.: “Colo. Washington desired I woud get what papers I had relative to the title of the Land he purchased of Mr Black in this County, and send them to you which I have now done. I believe there are other Deeds for small purchases made by Mr Robinson but they are not among the Papers in my Possession” (ViHi: George Bolling Lee Papers).

4For a description of Bernard Moore’s Romancoke plantation, see GW to Robert Cary & Co., 10 Nov., nn.3 and 6. See also notes 4 and 7 in the enclosure, Bartholomew Dandridge to GW, 30 December.

5Pendleton was married to Sarah Pollard Pendleton.

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