To Lund Washington
Philadelphia Novr 19th 1794
I have sent money to Mr Pearce for the purpose of discharging & taking in my Bond.1
On my Books, kept in my absence from Mount Vernon by my de⟨ceas⟩ed nephew Geo. A. Washington, were articles charged to you as pr the acct No. 1 enclosed amounting to £⟨18.18.8⟩—The cash payments in discharge of the Bond are cont⟨ain⟩ed ⟨in⟩ the acct marked No. 2.2
On the first, as it was an open acct, no interest is charged, but on the several payments in the second account interest is charged from the dates thereof to the 2d of October last—and the bond is credited for the same from its date up to that period also. This was the way in which my long & complexed, & perplexed accounts, with Colo. Jno. Mercer were settled—according to the opinion of the then Attorney Genl of the United States—Mr Randolph.3
The reason why the interest account was settled up to the 2d of Octr only, is, that having provided the money in September for taking up my bond I calculated the interest to that period to avoid odd days; intending—and indeed not doubting, that I should have got the money to you by that day—but the Ins⟨ur⟩rection, & my preparation (about that time) to move to the Westward diverted my attention from this object—It may, however, be paid up to the present ti⟨me⟩ if you require it, notwithstanding th⟨e⟩ money has lain by me ever since, f⟨or⟩ the Sole purpose of discharging this ⟨debt.⟩
If you have any acct against me, unpaid, for Smiths work, let it be aded to, and discharged at the samet⟨ime⟩ that the whole may be closed as I w⟨ant⟩ to have all my affairs settled.
I wish I could have heard ⟨that⟩ your sight, as well as your health, w⟨as⟩ better, from Doctr Tate. My best regards in which Mrs Washington un⟨ites,⟩ attend you both—And I am Yr Affecte friend
ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. Where the letterpress copy is illegible, the text has been taken from the letter-book copy.
1. See GW to William Pearce, this date. GW had given a bond to Lund Washington for £1,220 on 2 March 1789 “on a settlement of all Accts” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 315).
2. The enclosed accounts have not been found, but the “articles charged” are individually listed on GW’s account with Lund Washington in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 315, and the cash payments are listed in Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 1. The nature of GW’s remaining debt is not entirely clear since after GW transferred his account with Lund from Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends to Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends in September 1794, he recorded that account as closed out with his cash payment of July 1794 (for which, see GW to Pearce, 13 July, and n.8).
3. GW recorded his final settlement with John Mercer’s estate in his account with John Francis Mercer in Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 4. The settlement there is dated 1 April 1793. Edmund Randolph’s advice has not been identified.