George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Keith, 25 January 1788

From James Keith

[25 January 1788]


Your man has just delivered me your Favor, desiring to be informed, in what State the papers respecting Colo. Colvills Estate, delivered me to arrange, now stand.1 I have delayed closing that Buseness to this distant period, hoping to discover some Traces of a Claim, which by Mr Riddles accts Mr West appears to have satisfyed, but for which no account is lodged, among the papers, and to procure a Receipt from Mr Adams for his Claim, which I am inclined to think has been satisfyed by Mr West;2 I have several times applyed to him to satisfy me in that particular, which he has repeatedly promised but without performing as yet. The first I doubt will never be cleared up, the other I will proceed upon as it now appears, and whenever Mr Adams’s Receipt can be procured it will then become a Credit for Mr West: Neither Capt. West nor the Parson have furnished me with any papers or Information[.] In the course of next week I will wait upon you with the papers—I have them stated from those Lights with which I have been furnished and Information upon the several Points contained in your Letter. I am Sir your most obedt Servt

Ja. Keith


2Mr. Riddle may be Joseph Riddle, a merchant in Alexandria; Mr. Adams was Robert Adam, also a merchant in Alexandria (Ledger C description begins General Ledger C, 1790–1799. Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 14).

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