George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Fitzgerald and George Gilpin, 6 May 1788

To John Fitzgerald and George Gilpin

Mount Vernon May 6th 1788


If you have fixed upon Monday next for the meeting of the Directors of the Potk Company at the Falls of the Shanandoah—Have given Messrs Johnson and Lee notice of it—and informed Mr Stuart and his accusers thereof you will please to let me know it—(having heard nothing yet of the determination)1 In these cases, and that I may have nothing to retard my speedy return after the business of the meeting is finished I shall set off on thursday—take the great and Seneca Falls in my way up—make a visit or two in Berkiley—and be at the place of meeting by ten oclock on monday. I am &ca

Go. Washington


1The meeting of the directors of the Potowmack Company was not held, and GW remained at Mount Vernon. But see GW to George Gilpin, 29 May. On Saturday, 10 May, the treasurer of the company, William Hartshorne of Alexandria, “came in before Dinner to get notices (to the Subscribers to the Potomack Co. that motions would be made for judgments upon their Arrearages at the next Genl. Court) signed” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:319–20). These suits were to be instituted under the terms of the acts of the Virginia and Maryland legislatures recently passed at the behest of the Potowmack Company (see GW to George Mason and David Stuart, 4 Nov. 1787, and note 1 of that document). For the meeting which took place on 1–2 June, see GW to George Gilpin, 29 May 1788, notes 1 and 3.

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