George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Andrew Morton, 21 December 1774

To Andrew Morton

Mt Vn Decr 21th 1774


I shall take no advantage of your not producing the Bond with good Security for paymt of Rent & performe of Covents at the day appointed. It will do when you move up, which your Lettr & express tells me you are now ready to do.1 In the mean while, you will please to recollect, that I can Execute no Lease till the Bond, with such Security, is first produced; and that, if by your means, I am deprivd of a Tenant for the place the coming year, It becomes my duty (as Colo. Fairfax’s Attorney) to look to you for the Stipulated Rent, agreeably to the Repeated declarations made to you before you went down2—Any Gentlemen, whose Circumstances are known to be good, will suffice in the Bond; I do not want to fix the matter particularly upon Mr Baylor;3 although I shall be very well satisfied with him and Majr Lowry as your Securities. I am Sir Yr Most Obedt

G: Washington

ADfS, CtY: Franklin Papers.

1See Morton to GW, 17 December. The advertisement of Belvoir for rent which first appeared on 2 June 1774 was repeated in Pinkney’s Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg) on 5 Jan. 1775. See Francis Willis, Jr., to GW, 2 June, n.2.

3Here GW has scratched out the following words: “But Gentn with whom I have not the pleasure of being acquainted must not take it amiss if I enqu.”

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