George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charles Simms, 24 February 1794

To Charles Simms

Philadelphia 24th Feby 1794

Dear Sir,

Near a month ago I wrote you to this effect, “that the letter therein enclosed to Mr Keith furnished the means of discharging your claim upon me as Executor of Colvils Will—requesting you to deliver, or send it by a safe hand, to him”. The letter for Mr Keith contained a request of some papers to be forwarded to me which I then was, and still am in want of.1

Since writing these letters I have heard from neither of you. My letter to Mr Keith contained bank notes & half a guinea to the exact a⟨m⟩ount of your Account. No accident has happened to any of the Mails since that period; delay therefore cannot be ascribed to that cause; & without it I am at a loss to acct for his silence & would thank you for information.2 I am—Dear Sir Your Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW. The text in angle brackets is from the letter-book copy.

1The letter to Simms, which GW paraphrased, is that of 28 Jan., and the letter to James Keith is that of 29 January.

2Simms replied to GW on 14 March, but no reply from Keith has been found.

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