George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Hartshorne, 30 August 1787

To William Hartshorne

Philadelphia August 30th 1787


The Gentleman who will present this letter to you is Major Baylies of Massachusetts—Son in Law to Genl Lincoln. He is on business to Virginia, and at his request, I give you the trouble of receiving it as introductory of him, believing him to be a man of character and worth.1

I understand, that the subscribers to the Potomack Navigation has been called upon for another advance, my proportion of which shall be paid so soon as I return, which cannot, now, be at a distant period.2 with great esteem I am—Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servant

G. Washington


1Maj. Hodijah Baylies (1756–1842) was one of GW’s aides-de-camp in 1782 and 1783. GW in 1789 made Baylies collector of the customs for Dighton, Massachusetts.

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