To John Armistead
Mount Vernon 29th Decr 1786.
Many months having elapsed since I informed you in explicit terms of my want of the money which is due to me from the Estate of your deceased Father, without having received any acknowledgement of the letter, I presume it has miscarried. To avoid the like accident, I have taken the liberty of putting this letter under cover to Mr Holmes, at the Bowling-green, who I persuade myself, will do me the favor of seeing that it goes safe to your hands.1
It will serve to assure you, Sir, that I was disposed to hope, considering the long standing & nature of the debt, that you would not have laid me under the necessity of so often reminding you of it, & at length to inform you that however disagreeable it will be to me, I must have recourse to a Court of Justice if the money is not paid me without more delay; for you may believe me when I assure you I am really in want of it. I am &c.
1. See GW to Armistead, 17 April 1786, and note 1 of that document. John Hoomes (d. 1805) wrote GW on 16 Jan. 1787 from Bowling Green in Caroline County, where he owned a tavern frequented before the war by GW on his trips to and from Williamsburg: “Sir, I this day reced Mr Armsteads letter to you, which I here inclose. Should you have farther use for my Services, nothing will be more pleasing to me, than to give them” (DLC:GW). Armistead’s letter to GW has not been found.