George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Smith, 7 February 1786

From Thomas Smith

Carlisle [Pa.] 7th February 1786


Major McCormick has this moment called on me in his way through this Place, & informed me that he means to go from Philadelphia by Mount-Vernon on his way home; as his company pursue their Journey in a quarter of an hour, I cannot have the honour of writing more than just to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 7th of December—one Copy of which I received the Day before I went to the Western Courts, & the other was deliverd to me on my journey. until I had the honour of being employed by General Washington, I was vain enough to believe that I had some small claim to the reputation of punctuality & accuracy in my business; but now I am convinced that I ought to blush at my want of both.

Mr McCormick can give you every information that I could add, and more—he will also take your directions—It will be necessary that some one Person near the spot should engage to secure such Supœnas as may be thought proper; because when any kind of business is trusted to many it is seldom well done.1 I am not yet informed when the Judges go to Washington County, nor which two of them go—as soon as I gain this knowledge, I will again have the honour of assuring you that I am, Sir, with the greatest respect your most obedient humble Servant

Thomas Smith


1For the details of the ejectment suits handled by Smith for GW involving people living on GW’s Millers Run tract in Pennsylvania, see Smith to GW, 9 Feb. 1785, and notes. George McCarmick wrote GW on 31 Oct. 1786 to inform him of the favorable outcome of the suits. GW does not record in his diary a visit from McCarmick.

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