George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Crawford, 15 January 1774

From William Crawford

Spring gardin [Pa.] Jany 15th 1774

Dr Sir

Inclosed is the Expences of Last sumers Trip a survaying the soldiers Land, and two Small things omited in the former Acounts four Bags Roted out the first Trip in the wett weather and the Kaggs was let go on the Difrent times com up for Provision to people and maid use of going Down to put flower and salt in.1

Should you have setled with the Company for the hole never mind them you may strick them out of the account.

I do not Remember wheather I mentioned Coll Muses Account to you in my other letters; he Drew an order to me on you which Sum is the Expence of Deviding the Ld and I know he intends Charging you more, but I do not think he Ought to be paid any Other, as he has Expended Double as much as there was any Occasion for.2

I have Drawn an order on you in fever of John Hite for fifty pounds, which pay when it suts you; I have wrote him I must wait your time; as you had not got your affairs Setled, I cold not Draw Emedetly on you for Cash, as I did not now that You had Recieved any part of the mony.3

I Should be Glad if you can help my Brother Vale. Crawford to any mony or any thing he wants without Disoblidgeing your self;4 and any thing you want in the spring that I can help you to, it shall be Ready for you, if you will let me know by the first Opertunity.

I Intend Publick house Keeping and I am propeard for it now; As I can Live no Longer without that, or Ruining my self, Such number Constantly Traveling the Road and no body Keeping any thing for horses but my self, som Days now If I had Rum I cold mak three pounds a day: I have sent for Rum by V. Crawford, and can Suply you with what you want as Cheep as you can bring it hear for, if you Cary it your self. Your faviour done me now among others Shall be thankfully Repaid by your most Humb. Sarvt

Wm Crawford


1Crawford’s account has not been found. “Kaggs” is kegs.

2In the second distribution of land under Dinwiddie’s Proclamation of 1754 in November 1773, GW and George Muse were allotted a tract of 7,276 acres on the Great Kanawha, 3,500 plus 453 for GW and 3,323 for Muse. See GW to Lord Dunmore and Council, c.3 Nov. 1773. Muse had recently divided the tract, and before the end of 1774 Muse agreed to exchange his portion of the tract for 2,000 acres GW had bought on the other side of the Great Kanawha from William Bronaugh and for other considerations (see Muse to GW, 30 Nov. 1774, and notes; see also GW to Samuel Lewis, 1 Feb. 1784, source note). Muse drew £22.16.8 on GW to pay Crawford (see Cash Accounts, February 1774).

4GW hired Valentine Crawford to lead a party of workers to his lands on the Great Kanawha. See Robert Adam to GW, 9 Jan., n.2, and GW to Valentine Crawford, 30 March. See also GW to Jonathan Boucher, 15 February.

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