George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Captain Hollis, 26 July 1790

Tobias Lear to Captain Hollis

New York, 26 July 1790. Requests delivery to the bearer, Francis Parman, of the three mares that GW sent on 1 June to be put to John Jay’s horse1 in Bedford Town, Westchester County, N.Y., and asks that an account of the cost for their care and arrangements for its payment also be transmitted through Parman.


The name Hollis does not appear in the Federal Census of 1790 for Bedford Town or on Westchester County Revolutionary War muster rolls. Lear may have meant to direct the letter to Abraham or Jesse Holley (Holly), both of Bedford, the latter of whom reached at least the rank of lieutenant in the county militia during the war (Heads of Families [New York], description begins Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: New York. 1908. Reprint. Baltimore, 1966. description ends 196; Roberts, New York in the Revolution, description begins James A. Roberts. New York in the Revolution as Colony and State. Albany, 1897. description ends 227).

1For Jay’s Spanish stallion, see Jay to GW, 1 Mar. 1789 and note 1.

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