From George Digges
Annapolis Jany 5. 1787
Mr Gilliss Polk (who is now here) & lives at Salisbury in Somerset County will Immediately upon his return home have the plank sawed agreable to your directions & also will forward it by the first Oppertunity1—Our Senate have rejected the Money Bill & this day we expect a Message from them given their reasons. We have done little or no Public Business nor doe I believe we shall as there seems to be a Party for breaking up at all events next Week with Compts to Mrs Washington & family am Dear Sir with great Respect Yr Most Ob. Sevt
N.B. I did not get yr Letter till after the post left Town & Mr Powell the bearer of this has promised to forward it.2
1. GW wrote Digges on 28 Dec. 1786 asking him to secure from Maryland’s Eastern Shore planking for the flooring of his New Room. Gilliss Polk wrote GW on 14 April 1787 that he had procured “one thousand feet of flooring plank, to be precisely 24 feet long when dressed.”
2. GW had requested Digges to answer “by the Post.” Mr. Powell may be either Joseph Powell, Jr., of Fairfax County or Leven Powell of Loudoun County.