From William Hartshorne
Alexandria July 5th 1785
Your favor of this morning1 I recd with a Bill of Excha. for £20 Stg enclosed which I am willing to take myself 40 Ct that being the rate at which I bought lately and I believe is the Currt Exchange—at which rate it shall be Passed to Col. Washingtons Credit, unless you think more can be had, if so I shall do my endeavor to sell them for the most they will fetch—The Bills shall not be remitted before the 15th. The £20 Stg shall be immediately placed in the Potomac Companys fund and the remr accounted for with Col. Washington towards his next payment, or in any other way he pleases.2 I am very Respectfully Yours
1. Letter not found.
2. This relates to William Augustine Washington’s payment on the requisition made on all shareholders in the Potowmack Company. See William Augustine Washington to GW, 10 July 1785, and the minutes of the meeting of the president and directors of the Potowmack Company, 30–31 May, when the requisition was adopted (GW to James Rumsey, 5 June, n.4).