George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Fowler, 2 February 1788

To John Fowler

Mount Vernon February 2d 1788


I have received your letter of to day,1 and in answer to it must inform you that I have no inclination to purchace the Negro fellow which you mention as I have already as many Slaves as I wish, and I cannot engage to give another, or others in exchange for him, because I do not think, it would be agreeable to their inclinations to leave their Connexions here, and it is inconsistent with my feelings to compel them. I did agree to take him from Mr Robt Alexander but it was in part payment of a debt which he owed me & upon any other consideration I would not receive him.2 I am &c.

G. Washington


John and George Fowler were merchants in Alexandria with whom GW had dealings as early as 1772.

1Letter not found.

2For Robert Alexander’s debt to GW, see GW to Alexander, 14 Nov. 1786, and note 1 of that document.

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