George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Tobias Lear, 14 October 1791

From Tobias Lear

Philadelphia October 14th 1791

Sir,

By the Post of yesterday I had the honor to receive your favor of the 10th instant, in which was enclosed a letter for Major Jackson, to whom I delivered it.1

The enclosed papers will give the accounts which have been received by the late arrivals from Europe. Peace seems to be the predominant feature in these accts. And there do not appear any strong marks of a disposition to invade France, and effect a counter-Revolution as has been so much talked of.

I have the honor to enclose a general statement of the Lands granted or appropriated by the State of North Carolina within the Territory ceded by that state to the United States. This quantity deducted from the whole amount ceded, will ascertain the estimate required by Congress, unless there should be claims of the Indians to some part of it, which, if there are, must be stated in a large book transmitted by the Secretary of the State, of North Carolina to the Secretary of State from which the enclosed is taken. This book contains the name of each person to whom land has been granted or appropriated, with the quantity & situation. The letter which accompanied it has been transmitted to Mr Jefferson.2

There is no vessel at this time bound to Alexanda but one is hourly expected from thence, which returns immediately, and by which the Blankets will be sent, with 6 pieces of Ginghams which I have procured. They are not of the clouded kind which Mrs Washington wished, none of them could be found; but they are of the same quality, length &c. they are striped. A Vessel is advertised for Norfolk & Alexa. but on inquiry I find it is not likely she will go to the lastmentioned port.3

The family continues in good health. Mrs Lear & Major Jackson unite with me in tendering best respects, love & regards to Mrs Washington, Yourself, the Children, and all the family at Mount Vernon as they are respectively due. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, gratitude & attachment, Sir, Your most Obliged & Obedt Sert

Tobias Lear.

ALS, DLC:GW.

1The letter to William Jackson has not been identified.

2The enclosed copy of North Carolina secretary of state James Glasgow’s “General Account of the Lands granted or appropriated by the State of North Carolina within the Western Territory ceded by the said State to the United States of America as per the foregoing Estimate,” dated 30 July, reads:

Acres.
To the Claimants in the Counties of Washington, Sullivan, Greene, and Hawkins 879,262 } 2,150,542
To ditto in the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts 1,271,280
To the Settlers on Cumberland Preemptions 309,760
To Major General [Nathanael] Greene 25,000
To the Officers and Soldiers in the Continentl Line 1,239,498 } 2,789,224
To ditto for which Warrants have been granted and for which grants have not yet [been] issued 1,549,726
To the Surveyor of the Military Land for his Services 30,203
To the Commissioners, Surveyors, Officers, and Guard, &c. for ascertaining the Bounds of the Military Land 65,932
Total 5,370,661
(DLC:GW). The editors of the Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends were unable to locate Glasgow’s letter of 3 Sept. to Thomas Jefferson that accompanied the “large book” (“Report on Public Lands,” 8 Nov., source note, Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 22:285).

3GW forwarded Mrs. Washington’s request for gingham to Lear on 7 October.

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