From Craven Peyton
Lee’sburg [Va.] Apl 27th 1774
I send you inclosed a Copy of the List of rents we Settled by, according to my promise. I forgot to give you the Tobacco I had received—tho. it was then in my pocket—should be glad you would advise me by the first opertunity what is best to be done with it.1 I am Y’r Mot H’ble Serv’t
1. In his account with George William Fairfax, GW indicates that on 26 April 1774 he received from Peyton for Fairfax £277.19.2¼ (16 Sept. 1773–26 April 1774, ViMtvL). In collecting for Fairfax, Peyton was acting under the authority that GW extended him on 14 Jan. 1774: “By Virtue of the power or Authority to me given from the Honble Geo. Wm Fairfax Esqr. by his Letter of attorney bearing ⟨illegible⟩ date the 8th day of July 1773; In & by which all other, and former Powers by him given in Virga are revoked & renderd void I do hereby constitute & appoint the within named Craven Peyton Gentn Attorney for all & singular the purposes within mentioned & particularly specified as also for the further purposes of acknowledging Leases for Land Let & terms agreed on by the said Geo. Wm Fairfax Esqr. in the Counties of Culpeper and Fauquier as also for conveying Sundrie pieces of Land sold by the said George Wm Fairfax to Majr Angus McDonald & Mr Philp Bush both of the County of Fredk as shall appear by his the said Fairfax’s Bonds passd to the sd McDonald & Bush. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 14th day of Jany 1774” (in GW’s hand, NjMoHP).