George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Washington, 30 December 1785

From Charles Washington

Happy Retreat Decr 30th 1785

Dear Brother

I receiv’d yours by Mr B. Muse and am happy to hear that our Nephews are fix’d in Alexandria being more convenient to you, as they are under your direction, when I mentioned their coming to Berkeley in order to be under the direction of Mr Stubbs, it was with a view of lessening the Expence, however as the continuence of Mr Stubbs is uncertain, hope the matter is better Plan’d—think the Charges you Mention for the board & c. of our Nephews are extravagant1—you Mention the Sum recd in consiquence of discharging the above Charges is £85.12—which is £55.12—by Mr Robt Carter & £30, by my Brother John tho’ I sent by Mr Robt McCray £24.6—at the time of writing you by Mr McCray—Mr Carter who Manages the Estate of George & Lawrence had sold, a part of the produce to a Certain Merchant for Cash in order to add to the assistance of defraying the above Mention’d Expences, but this Merchant failing in paying Cash we were oblige to take a part in goods which is intended for the purpose of Cloathing for our Nephews George & Lawrence which will be Sent to Alexandria by the first opportunity & Conclude with Mrs Washington joing in Compliments to you & my Sister and am Dr Brother Yours affectionately

Chas Washington

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection. On the cover Charles Washington wrote “Hond by Mr Robt McCray.”

1GW’s letter to Charles Washington in response to his brother’s letter of 23 Nov. has not been found, but see GW to William Bailey and to Stephen Bloomer Balch, both 22 November.

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