George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Hartshorne, 2 March 1787

To William Hartshorne

Mount Vernon Mar. 2d 1787.


Whatever sum Colonels Gilpin and Fitzgerald think proper to order, or the state of the treasury will enable you to pay, the Contractor for supplying the Workmen for the Potomack Company—the same being due to him—will be agreed to1 by Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Ser⟨vt⟩

Go: Washington

ALS, Gallery of History, Las Vegas, Nevada.

1George Gilpin wrote below GW’s signature: “Considering the state of the Treasury and other matters relative to the business of the Potomack Compy it is my opinion that more than three Hundred pounds Cannot be Conveniently paid at this time." On the reverse of the page John Fitzgerald wrote to Hartshorne: “Please pay the within Sum of Three Hundred Pounds to Captn Westfall.” This is followed by Abel Westfall’s acknowledgment that he had “Received of Mr Hartshorne Treasurer of the Potowmac Company Three Hundred pounds in consequence of the within order.” All are dated 2 March. On 7 Mar. 1787 Hartshorne gave the company’s manager, Richardson Stewart, £252.9.6 to pay the wages of 103 men and 2 women who had worked as many as sixty-four days and as little as one day between 20 Dec. 1786 and 4 Mar. 1787 at the Great Falls (DLC: Misc. Manuscript Collection Potomac Company). Westfall, who lived in Berkeley County, had entered into a contract with the Potowmack Company in April 1786 to supply the company’s workers with rations for one year (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:311).

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