George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hugh Mercer, 6 April 1774

From Hugh Mercer

Fred[ericksbur]g 6th Apl 1774

Dear Sir,

Your favour of 28th March relating to the Land adjoining Mr Hunters I should have acknowledg’d last Week; but had hopes of seeing you here at the Race1—The Terms of Two Thousand Pounds will suit me at five annual payments—I expect to discharge the Debt sooner, but as you are willing to let the money remain in my hands on Interest—will accept of that Indulgence—Be so good to inform me when I may be put in possession or when it will suit you to make the Conveyance. I am very respectfully Dr Sir Your most obedt St

Hugh Mercer


1For Mercer’s negotiations with GW for the purchase of Ferry Farm, see Mercer to GW, 21 Mar., n.1. Purdie and Dixon’s Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg) printed the following notice on 7 April: “On Monday last [4 April] was run for at Fredericksburg the Match for 20⟨0⟩ Guineas between Mann Page, Esq; of Gloucester’s Horse Damon, and a Mare belonging to Moore Fauntleroy, Esq; called Miss Sprightly, which was won with great Ease by the former, though Bets at starting were equal.”

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