George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Edmund Randolph, 12 July 1786

To Edmund Randolph

Mount Vernon 12th July 1786.

Dr Sir,

Your letter of the 7th is this instant come to hand.1 Elizabeth & Sarah, daughters of Michl Cresap, live I presume in Hampshire, to the Sheriff of which I will direct the summons; tho’ it is at a hazard—having no other knowledge of the matter, than that their mother married one Jacobs of that county. Luther Martin lives in Maryland, and is I believe Attorney General of that State—What is to be done in this case?2

I am exceedingly sorry to hear of your indisposition & loss. I hope the change of air & exercise which you are about to take will restore you to perfect health.3 Be assured I shall have singular pleasure in seeing you at this place as you return from, or go to Annapolis, being with great esteem & regard, Dr Sir &c.

G: Washington


1Letter not found.

2This is with reference to the claims of Michael Cresap and his heirs to GW’s Round Bottom tract. See John Harvie to GW, 5 Aug. 1785, and notes. See also GW to John Marshall, 15 Aug. 1788.

3Randolph wrote James Madison on 12 June that he had been “under the severe regimen of blisters and purges, produced by four violent colds” (Rutland and Rachal, Madison Papers, description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds. The Papers of James Madison, Congressional Series. 17 vols. Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., 1962–91. description ends 9:75–76). Elizabeth Nicholas Randolph gave birth to their son, John Jennings Randolph, in October 1785; the baby died suddenly in the summer of 1786.

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