To Patrick Henry
Mt Vernon 10th Septr 1785.
The enclosed was put into my hands yesterday; & I take the liberty of forwarding it by the post to day, hoping, if no person is appointed in the place of Mr Massey, that your Excellency for the reason assigned by the Maryland Commrs, & on account of the advanced season, will cause it to be done as soon as convenient.1 With very great esteem & respect I have the honor to be &c.
1. The enclosed was a letter from William Deakins, Jr. (1742–1798), of Georgetown, Md., to Henry, seemingly urging the governor to appoint promptly someone to replace Thomas Massey (Massie) who had resigned as Virginia’s commissioner “to open and keep in repair” a road between the Potomac and the Cheat or the Monongahela river (House of Delegates Journal, 1781–1785, description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond, In the County of Henrico, on Monday, the Seventh Day of May, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-One. Richmond, 1828. description ends 101). See Henry to GW, 26 Sept., and note 2 of that document. See also GW to Henry (second letter), 29 October.