George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Gwinn, 10 March 1794

To John Gwinn

Philadelphia March 10th 1794


In due course of Post I was favoured with your letter of the 25th of Jany, with the deed which it enclosed from Colo. Mercer & others, to me. This deed refers to a Survey of the Manor of Woodstock (in the year 1782) and to a division thereof made by Hezekiah Veatch, assistant Surveyor of Montgomery County, on the ⟨2⟩d day of January 1793.1

The latter (in the body of the deed) is said to be recorded. It is essentially necessary indeed that it should be so. But neither the original, nor a copy thereof was forwarded to me. This induces me to give you the trouble of informing me—whether the above Survey of Mr Veatch is admitted to record; and, in that case, that you would be so good as to furnish me with, either the original, or an attested copy thereof from your Office.2 I am—Sir Your Obedt Servant

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers; LB, DLC:GW. The text in angles brackets is from the letter-book copy.

1John Gwinn (c.1756–1809) at this time resided in Frederick County, Maryland. A merchant by trade, he also served in the Maryland legislature (1788 and 1798), as a justice of Frederick County, and as the clerk of the Maryland General Court. His letter to GW of 25 Jan. has not been found. On GW’s acquisition of 519 acres in Montgomery County, Md., and the deed of 1 April 1793, see n.1 of GW to John Francis Mercer, 7 Aug. 1793. On the survey of 2 Jan. 1793, see Francis Deakins and Benjamin W. Jones to GW, 20 Dec. 1792, and n.1.

2For GW’s receipt of the survey, see Mercer to GW, 13 April.

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