To William Deakins, Jr.
Philadelphia June 1st 1794.
Your favor of the 23d instt I have received & thank you for your kind attention to the trees which were imported for my use in the Peggy, particularly for your having sent them to Mount Vernon—although I fear the season was too far advanced to entertain much hope of their living.
The purport of the enclosed which I pray you to forward by a safe conveyance, is to ask the favor of your Brother to take charge of my moiety of the Mannor of Woodstock.1 With esteem & regard I am Dear Sir Yr Obedt Servant
ALS (letterpress copy), ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW.
1. GW enclosed his letter to Francis Deakins of this date, which reads in part: "Colo. William Deakins, at your request (for which I thank you) has informed me that the tenants are committing trespasses thereon. Will you permit me therefore to request the favor of you to cause, on my behalf, a stop to be put to them. You would oblige me also by furnishing me with the names of the tenants who live on my part of the mannor; what rents they pay; what kind of tenements they occupy—and the order they are kept in. In a word, I would thank you for paying some attention to my interest therein" (ALS, letterpress copy, ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW).