George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Sedwick, 8 August 1785

From John Sedwick

August the 8th 1785


My Father Benjamin Sedwick Deceased Purchased at the Sale of Mr Mercers Land one of the Lots and gave his Bond with Capt. Brady his Surety to yourself and the other Trustees for the Purchase Money taking a Bond for the Conveyance.1

Afterwards my Father in 1776 Sold the Land to Edward Snickers who by Agreement was to pay of the bond as a part of the Price. Mr Snickers in 1779 or 1780, Paid of the Bond in your Absence to Mr Lun Washington and obtained the Bond, and though he has had the Land in possession ever Since 1776, he has now brought A Suit in your Name, I dare say without your knowledge, on my Fathers Bond against his Executors and Security—Mr Jones the Attorney for the Executors of whom I am one, has advised me to request A Certificate from you that you did not order the Suit, and Says on its being obtained there will be and end of it, otherwise that we shall be oblige to go into a troublesome and Expensive Chancery Suit,2 to avoid which Sr I Trouble you with my earnest request that you will be Pleased to give me Something from under your hand to the effect of what Mr Jones recommended which will very much oblige Your Most Obedt Hble Servt

John Sedwick


1Sedwick’s “Capt. Brady” and George Gilpin’s “Capt. Bready” (Gilpin to GW,1 10 July 1785) may be the same man, and he may be William Brady who was a captain in the Berkeley County militia at the time of the sale of George Mercer’s land in the county in November 1774.

2For the Mercer land that Edward Snickers acquired in 1774 and afterwards, and for the dispute over the particular Mercer lot, or tract, that Snickers bought from Benjamin Sedwick, see Snickers to GW, 17 May 1784, and notes. See also GW’s words of assurance on this day, 8 Aug. 1785, to Benjamin Sedwick’s son John, and see John Sedwick’s letter to GW of 11 April 1786 telling of the failure of Snickers’s suit in the General Court. Sedwick’s attorney Jones is probably Gabriel Jones.

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