George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to James Keith, 14 July 1793

Tobias Lear to James Keith

Philadelphia July 14th 1793

Sir,

The President directs me to transmit to you the enclosed papers & receipts respecting the Legacy paid to Miss Anderson, agreeably to the will of Colo. Thos Colville.1 I likewise enclose a receipt given by yourself, for seventy five pounds 7/6 which was paid you by the President’s order on Acct of Colo. Colville’s estate, for the use of William Anslay, Administrator of Mary Monk-house. These are the only documents among the President’s papers here that relate to Colo. Colville’s estate.2

The President wishes you to furnish him with transcripts of those Accts respecting Colo. Coville’s Estate which you laid before him at Mt Vernon, & which have been passed by the Commissioner’s.3 I have the honor to be with great respect & esteem Sir, Your most Obedt Sert

T. Lear.

ADfS, ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW.

1At this point Lear signified a footnote that reads: “These papers were dated in Novr 1790 & the rect in Jany 1791.” The footnote is indicated in the letter-book copy, but the copyist failed to enter its text. The papers dated Nov. 1790 have not been identified. The receipt probably reflected the £176 sterling, or £234.13.4 Virginia currency, paid to Harriet Rebecca Anderson’s account on 1 Jan. 1791 in payment of a legacy of £80 sterling, plus interest, left her by Col. Thomas Colvill and recorded in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 135. On Anderson and the Colvill estate, of which GW was an executor, see GW to Keith, 17 Mar. 1793, and notes 2, 7; see also Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 14.

2On 3 Oct. 1792, Keith received £75.7.6 Virginia currency “for the use of William Ansley, Administr. of Mary Monkhouse” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 135). The enclosed receipt has not been identified.

3In his letter of 15 July 1793, Keith enclosed those accounts that John Fitzgerald and William Herbert had reviewed. GW’s previous visit to Mount Vernon was between 27 June and 7 July 1793 (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 189–90).

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