George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fitzhugh, 2 May 1785

From William Fitzhugh

Maryland. Millmont May 2 1785

Dear General

My delay to Address you on the the subject of Mr Bolton, & his to wait on you before the 25 ulto as you desir’d—Have proceeded from his being absent on an Excursion to Baltimore when I return’d from Virga—I have seen Him to day, and He promises to wait on you about the 20th of this Month the time I supposed you wou’d be return’d from Richmond—He will then carry a List of Materials which I have Imported from England, for a Larger Building than I now intend to Execute—such as Crown Glass 10 Inches by 12—white lead—Oil—paint, Nails, Sprigs Brads Hinges Gross window Lead—Line and pullies with Brass Boxes—Particularly Large Brass Spring Hinges which may suit your doors & I shall not want—such of these Articles as are wanting You may have at cost & charges.1

Bolton I believe is one of the first trademen in America 2 & particularly calculated for the work you want Executed—He has since my return from Virga lost His wife, so that he has now no Family Except a Negro Lad an apprentice.

Mrs Fitzhugh Joins in respectful Complts to you your Lady & Family. I have the Honor to be with Perfect Esteem & respect Dear General Your affect. & oblig’d Hle Sevt

Willm Fitzhugh


1GW’s old friend Col. William Fitzhugh visited Mount Vernon on 7 and 8 April. GW returned from his meeting of the Dismal Swamp Company on 6 May, and Richard Boulton, the skilled builder from Charles County, Md., came to Mount Vernon on 20 May. Boulton signed an agreement to complete the unfinished “New Room” at Mount Vernon, but GW was soon to learn that Boulton could not be persuaded to return to Mount Vernon and do the work that he had agreed to do. See Fitzhugh to GW, 13 May, 4, 16 July, GW to Fitzhugh, 21 May, 14 July, Richard Boulton to GW, 4 June, and GW to Boulton, 24 June.

2A tradesman is an artist or craftsman.

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