From Burgess Ball
Fredericksbg [Va.] 25th July 93.
I recd yours of the 21st Inst. this Evening, and, as you seem to be misinform’d respecting Mr Laurence Lewis’s Intention of changing his State, I thought it best, on Information from Mrs Lewis (he being at present in Berkly) and his other friends here, to lose no time in writing to you again—They say (& I also believe) that he has no Notion at all of entering into the matrimonial State, and that he will chearfully undertake your Bussiness—when Howell arrived here, Laurence went over the Ridge, but, if you think proper to take him, he will immediately on information repair to Mount Vernon—I believe myself, he possesses all the Qualifications you mention.1 Wishing you and Yours every felicity, I am, with the highest Esteem Dr Sir, Yr affect. Hbe Servt
1. For Ball’s earlier suggestion that GW’s nephew Lawrence Lewis serve as the manager of Mount Vernon, see his letter to GW of 11 July 1793. Betty Washington Lewis, GW’s sister, lived in Fredericksburg, where Howell Lewis visited before proceeding to Mount Vernon to assume his new duties as temporary manager. Lawrence Lewis was in Berkeley County, which was west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.