George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Hanson Harrison, 26 February 1775

From Robert Hanson Harrison

Alexandria Feby 26. 1775

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 24 I received,1 and having Examined the Record furnished by Mr Wagener, I find it is so full, and contains so clear a state of ⟨mutilated⟩ proceedings, which have been had in the Cause, from the Original Writ, down to the Execution & Sheriffs Return thereupon, that I cannot say any thing that will give you or Mr Pendleton a clearer Idea or conception of the matter: he will discover from the Extraordinary motion made about Entering Special Bail when the suit was first called the Errors filed upon obtaining a Verdict to arrest the Judgement, & finally the Injunction in Chancery, that the Doctor and his Counsel have practised every possible ⟨mutilatedeuvre to defer the payment of the money ⟨wh⟩ich Justice & Generosity call upon him ⟨mutilated⟩dly for.2 Mr Pendleton will procure from ⟨the⟩ Secretaries Office a Copy of his Bill in order ⟨to⟩ have your & Mr Fairfax’s Answer drawn ⟨w⟩hich I flatter myself will do away every ⟨mutilated⟩arge of Equity he may have Suggested, I am sure It will, for in this case he can have none.3 I am D. Sir with great regard Your obligd Servt

Rob. H. Harrison

P.S. Should the Answer be drawn here It will be necessary to have these Proceedings. Yrs R.H.H.

ALS, DLC:GW. See source line for Edmund Pendleton to GW, 21 April.

1GW’s letter has not been found.

2The “Record” furnished by Peter Wagener, Jr., clerk of Fairfax County, is probably the mutilated document at Mount Vernon described in GW to Margaret Savage, 20 Sept. 1772, n.3. The document is a summary of the legal actions against Savage and is docketed “Washington &c. vs Savage—Record.” For GW’s long-term involvement in the Savage affair, see Henry Lee and Daniel Payne to GW, 24 April 1767, n.1. See also GW to Margaret Savage, 28 June 1768, and notes to that document, and Bryan Fairfax to GW, 21 May 1774.

3Edmund Pendleton sent GW a copy of William Savage’s bill in his letter of 21 April.

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