George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Lewis, 21 September 1792

To John Lewis

Mount Vernon Septr 21st 1792.

Dr Sir,

I have sent your brother Howell to Fredericksburgh to receive from you my moiety of the money which has been paid to you by Mr Cooper for the Land in Gates County No. Carolina.1 I expect it will be fully paid; and a statement of the Accots rendered, by which I can here after settle with, and receive whatever may be due for my part, from Mr Cooper, without giving you any further trouble in the receipt of it. An exact statement of the Agreement, and of the account with him, therefore, becomes necessary in order to enable me to do this.2 I am &c.

G: Washington

LB, DLC:GW; ALS, sold by Bangs, Merwin, & Co., Catalogue of a . . . Collection of Autograph Letters, Documents, and Signatures, item 416, 1 June 1874.

1This tract of slightly more than 1,000 acres of Dismal Swamp land in northeastern North Carolina had been purchased jointly by GW and his brother-in-law Fielding Lewis in 1766. For background on the initial purchase and later the sale of this tract to Portsmouth, Va., merchant John Cowper after Fielding Lewis’s death in 1781 and GW’s attempts to collect payment from Cowper, see George Augustine Washington to GW, 7 Dec. 1790, and note 7, and Indenture with John Cowper, 17 May 1791, and note 1.

2For a statement of GW’s account with Cowper as of 3 Oct., see John Lewis to GW, 3 Oct. 1792, n.2.

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