George Washington Papers

Hamilton Cooper’s Bond, 25 January 1795

Hamilton Cooper’s Bond

[25 Jan. 1795]

I Hamilton Cooper of the County of Berkley & State of Virginia do promise to pay or cause to be paid unto George Washington President of the United States the just and full sum of thirty one pounds ten shillings on or before the 25th day of April next—it being due for rent by the said Hamilton Cooper on lott No. 2 and whereon distress hath been made and goods replevied in consequence of this obligation1—As Witness my hand & seal this 25th day of January 1795.

Test. Robt Lewis. Hamilton Cooper

DS, in Robert Lewis’s writing, ViMtvL.

1Lewis’s list of rental payments collected from those who were GW’s tenants of 25 Dec. 1794 includes Hamilton Cooper as a Berkeley County tenant, “vice John Steen ejected,” with a payment of £30. On Lewis’s list of the payments from those who were tenants as of 25 Dec. 1795, Cooper is again listed with the same payment (both documents, ViMtvL). Number 2 was a 200-acre lot on the south fork of Bullskin Run that GW originally leased to Jacob Fry and later to Moses Collett before the lease to Steen.

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