From Charles Simms
Alexandria [Va.] March 14th 1794
Your Letter of the 29th of January inclosing a letter to Mr Keith, I received in due time, and immediately deliverd the Letter to him, who paid me the amount of my account against you as Executor of Colvils will and took my receipt for that Sum—and informd me that he should write to you by the then next succeeding Post. I therefore did not think it necessary to trouble you with a Letter on that subject1—I am Just informed by a Son of Mr Robert McCreas, who formerly resided in this Town, but for some years past has lived in the State of Georgia, that his Father has made or intends to make application for the Marshals Office in the State of Georgia, and requests that I would make mention of him to you—And altho I cannot suppose that my recommendation will promote Mr MrCreas success in his application, yet I cou’d not refuse to bear testimony of his great worth and merit⟨.⟩ His upright and exemplary conduct as a magistrate and a Citizen while he lived in this town, gained him the esteem and friendship of all his acquaintances, his losses during the War compel’d him to seek for a support for a very deserving and numerous family in a new country—And his appointment to the Office he solicits will I am persuaded give real satisfaction to all who know him.2 I am with due respect Your Obedt Hbe Servt
ALS, DLC:GW. The postal stamp on the cover reads, “ALEX. Mar. 14.”
1. GW’s letter to James Keith of 29 Jan. was enclosed in GW’s letter to Simms of 28 January. Neither Keith nor Simms acknowledged GW’s letters or the payment of Simms’s legal fees for work on the Colvill estate. This fact prompted GW’s letter to Simms of 24 Feb., which elicited this reply. On GW’s involvement with the tangled estates of John and Col. Thomas Colvill, see the source note for Thomas Montgomerie to GW, 24 Oct. 1788.
2. On the recent vacancy in the Georgia marshal’s office, see James Hendricks to GW, 15 January. Former Alexandria, Va., merchant Robert McCrea (died c.1804) was a native of Scotland and, along with GW, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 22, in Alexandria. By 1792, McCrea had settled in Wilkes County, Georgia. The son may have been John McCrea, who had been a schoolmate of GW’s nephew George Steptoe Washington (Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser, 9 Nov. 1787). McCrea also was recommended in David Stuart’s letter to GW of 4 April. The letters from Simms and Stuart arrived too late to have any effect because GW had nominated Josiah Tattnall for the position in his letter to the U.S. Senate of 5 March.