From Robert Lewis
Frederick County [Va.] February 5 1
Inclosed I send you the Deed which you re-acknowledged at Mount Vernon and a fair copy of the same which I will thank you to sign. Thro’ the neglect of Doctor Stuart & Colo. Ball who did not attend to prove your re-acknowledgment, the Deed is out of date, and the Court of Frederick will not admit it to record2—I therefore request you will be so obliging as to sign the new Deed (as the old one is in a very tattered condition) or reacknowledge the old one, either of which will do. I wish you to sign the Deed in presence of old Mr Rutherford & any others that may accompany him.3
I have just returned from among your tenants in Berkley and now on my way to Fauquier; from which place, I shall write you more fully & respecting to your business.4 Present my affectionate regards to my Aunt & believe me with sincere respect your Affectionate Nephew
1. GW’s docket reads, “5th Feby 1794.”
2. The enclosures have not been identified. David Stuart and Burgess Ball are the individuals criticized by Lewis.
3. Robert Rutherford was 65 years old at this time, and as a congressman from Virginia, he was in Philadelphia to attend the first session of the Third Congress.
4. If written, the promised letter has not been found. The next extant letter from Lewis to GW is that of 7 May (ViMtvL).