George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William M. Roberts, 14 April 1785

From William M. Roberts

14th of April [1785]


your Exsellency has Got in A Pasion with Me Which I am Vary Sorry for, & Taking Me at anon plush in Many Respects I always thought From the Bisoness I Call my Salf Master of I aught To have the wages you have Genaresty paid Me, but As your Stream is Light & I at this Time Know Not Whare to Go I woud Take 70 pound a year if youd Agree to Imploy Me for 10 years if its pleas God To Continew you & Me So Long, And As for my folley of Drinking I Shall Sollomly Decline As its hurtful To Me in this Life As wall As that to Come1—Pray Consider my Destress & how Unwelling I am To Leve you. From Sir your Exsellencys Most Obt Servt

W:M. Roberts


1For the steps GW took to replace Roberts as his miller at Mount Vernon, see the notes in Roberts to GW, 25 Nov. 1784, GW to Robert Lewis & Sons, 1 Feb. and 12 April 1785, and Robert Lewis & Sons to GW, 5 April 1785.

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