George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Pearce, 19 October 1793

From William Pearce

Kent County [Md.] October 19th 1793


I Recevd you Letter with a Coppy of our Agreement1—you Inform me that I am to Live this winter at your mansion House which I shall Like Very well as it will be giving me an oppertunity of Giting acquainted with the Business there—But after that If it should be agreeable to you I had Rather Live in the house you intended for me as I have Several small Children and I should Like to keep them at A distance from the Black ones. and I thougt I saw a great many at your mansion house I have spoke for the plows and Expect to bring Them down with me and the other things you mention—As you Intend to leave home and probable will not be there when I go Down I will thank you to Leave me Every Instruction That you may think Nessessary—for their is some of your Business I fear I shall be at a Loss at first as to the management of your farms I Hope I shall Give you Sattisfaction However I shall use my utmost Indevours to Do it, for I do assure you that I would not miss Giveing you Sattissfaction for twice the sum I am to Receive—I am makeing Every Exertion In my power to Git my Business Setled and to git in Readiness to Come as soon as I possable Can, But my people has Been Very Sick and people are Generaly so—that hands ware not to be hired, but I hope I shall be ready to git Down before frost Set in, I have been Looking out For a Carpenter that I thought would Suit you But I cannot git one to Come that I think would do nor a man to Look after your house people, Dichers &c.2—In your Letter you did not say wheather you Had got Either of them—I will still be upon the Look out for such Carractors as you first mentiond & will Ingage them Conditionaly If I Can meet With such as I think would suit and If you think proper to write and should not be suited and I should git Such men I will bring them down with me. I am Sir with the Greatest Resect Your Humbe Servt

William Pearce


2GW had suggested in his letter to Pearce of 25 Aug. that if Pearce were to become superintendent of Mount Vernon, he should look for a new carpenter.

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