George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Pendleton, 10 January 1775

From Edmund Pendleton

Jany 10th 1775

Dear Sir

Mr Valentine Crawford and Mr John Neavill have given bonds to Mr Benjamin Temple for £400. for Lands sold them on the Ohio, in which a brother of mine is Interested—the remote Situation of those Gentn makes it difficult to know how to come at the money, and they think your Connection with that Countrey, & particularly with Mr Crawford will enable you to serve them in it, as they would be happy in getting the money into your hands. they requested I would write you on the Subject, and if it should be in your Power to serve them without trouble or inconvenience, I shall esteem it a favr & shall be glad of a line by Post of its’ probability.1

I hope you found yr Family well & are by this time recruited so as to make the Assembly Campaign in February. My Complts to Mrs Washington, Mr Custis & his Lady. I am Sir Yr mo. humble Servt

Edmd Pendleton


1John Nevill (1731–1803), formerly of Frederick County, had acquired lands on Chartiers Creek. He and Valentine Crawford became joint recipients in 1775 of a 1,000–acre grant in that area for services in Dunmore’s War (Crumrine, History of Washington County description begins Boyd Crumrine. History of Washington County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, 1882. description ends , 708). Nevill was elected to the Virginia Convention of 1774 but was too ill to attend. In the summer of 1775 he was sent with 100 Virginia militia to hold Fort Pitt and remained there until relieved in 1777 by Edward Hand. Nevill served in the army until the end of the war when he held the rank of brevet brigadier general. He was later to figure prominently in the Whiskey Rebellion. Benjamin Temple (died c.1802) had served as a subaltern in the French and Indian War, for which he was entitled to 2,000 acres under the Proclamation of 1763. It was probably either all or part of this bounty land that Crawford and Nevill purchased from him.

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