George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Minor, 13 April 1794

To George Minor

Philadelphia 13th Aprl 1794


From a letter which I have lately received from Doctr Stuart, I learn that depredations continue to be made upon my land on four mile run, in the County of Fairfax; & that you were so obliging as to inform him, that you would use your endeavours to rescue it from further injury if I should request it.1

This offer is kind, and I thank you for having had the goodness to make it; and do hereby vest you with power to watch over, & punish in any manner the Laws will authorise, any, and every person whatsoever who shall be found trespassing thereon.

The growth on the land, I always considered as the most valuable part of the property; stripped of this, as there appears to be a strong disposition to do by lawless people, and the value of it is reduced in the ratio of the Trespasses.

Sometime since, perhaps two or three years, I desired my Nephew Mr Bushrod Washington to bring suits against those who had been detected in taking off Wood, Hoop poles, &ca but what, or whether any thing resulted from it, is unknown to me at this moment.2

Nothing short of vigorous measures, I am now persuaded, will stop the injustice I am sustaining, and these I am resolved to pursue. any reasonable expence therefore which may be incurred in carrying this resolution into effect, & for your trouble, will be cheerfully paid by Sir Your Obedient Hble Servt

Go: Washington

P.S. I have directed Mr Wm Pearce my Manager to converse with you on this business when he shall see you in Alexandria.3

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. GW enclosed this letter in his letter to David Stuart of this date.

1Stuart informed GW in a letter of 4 April that timber, especially the hoop-ash trees, was being removed from GW’s land at Four Mile Run.

2For GW’s charge to his nephew and for Bushrod Washington’s response, see GW to Bushrod Washington, 8 Jan. 1792, and notes 3 and 4.

3GW gave these directions in a letter to Pearce of this date.

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