George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Gilpin, 24 January 1787

To George Gilpin

Mount Vernon Jany 24th 1787.

Dear Sir,

As (if I understood you rightly the other day at Lomax’s) you are high Sheriff of this County, I shall be obliged to you for the Public accts against me for Taxes, Levies, &ca, that I may make provision, without delay, for payment.1

Can you tell me whether the writ against Edward Williams (given to you at the above time & place) has been served?2

Mr Brindley & his Son-in-law called here about ten days ago on their way to South Carolina, but appeared so anxious to get on that I did not press the former to attend to the Service pointed at in Mr Johnson’s letter.3 I am—Dear Sir Yr obedt

Go: Washington

P.S. If you have not the acct ready please to lodge it at the Post Office where I commonly send twice or thrice a week.

ALS, MHi: H.H. Edes Papers.

1On 3 Jan. GW “Rid to Alexandria to a meeting of the board of Directors of the Potomack Co. Did the business which occasioned the Meeting. Dined at Lomax’s & returned home in the evening” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:89). Gilpin took his oath as sheriff of Fairfax County on 21 Nov. 1786.

2For GW’s problems with Edward Williams, his tenant at Mount Vernon, see GW to David Stuart, 6 Dec. 1786.

3James Brindley and his son-in-law came to Mount Vernon on 10 January.

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