George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Pearce, 30 August 1793

From William Pearce

Kent County Maryland Augt 30th 1793.


I received your agreeable Letter dated Augt 26th in whh you offer me one hundred Guineas, Annum, to Superintend your Mount Vernon Estate, providid all matters can be adjusted to the mutual convenience, & Satisfaction, of each of us. on those terms I will accept the Superintendency of Mount Vernon—and am well pleased at your proposition of meeting you at the place, which I will do, at the time appointed by you, should my Health permit.1

I return you my sincere Thanks for your Information respecting the Stages—and am Sir yr most obt & hume Servt

William Pearce.


1Pearce traveled to Mount Vernon in late September to meet GW and finalize his contract, but it was not until January 1794 that he began his duties as GW’s estate manager (GW’s Agreement with Pearce, 23 Sept. 1793; GW to Pearce, 19 Jan. 1794, ALS, ViMtvL).

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