George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 17 November 1795

From George Clinton

Greenwich [Village, N.Y.] 17th November 1795

Dear Sir

My ill state of Health for upwards of a year past has prevented me in a great degree from paying attention to Business & of Course our joint interest has been in some Measure neglected1—Shortly before the commencement of my indisposition some small payments were made to me—These as soon as I am able shall be stated and your proportion transmitted to you.2 I am informed that further Payments may soon be expected & as these will entitle the Purchasers to Deeds, they shall be prepared & forwarded to you for Execution—This Mode however of transacting the Business is found inconvenient to the Purchasers as it is not in their Power to have their Deeds (executed at different Times & not in the presence of the same Witnesses) proven in order to their being recorded—To remedy this I submit to you the propriety of empowering some person here to execute the Deeds in your Behalf—In this Case it will be requisite that the Power be executed by some Witness coming hither that it may be proven & recorded & it ought to authorize the Attorney to enter into the usual Covenant for securing the Title to the Purchassers. I am with the highest Respect & Esteem your most Obedt Servt

Geo. Clinton


1For GW’s joint purchase with Clinton in 1784 of a large tract of land in upstate New York, see GW to Clinton, 25 Nov. 1784, and n.2 to that document (Papers, Confederation Series, description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Confederation Series. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1992–97. description ends 2:145–49). In his address of 22 Jan. 1795 to the freeholders of New York, Clinton had cited “the declining condition of my health” as a reason why he would not seek re-election as governor (Albany Gazette, 30 Jan.).

2It appears that Clinton did not make another payment to GW until February 1797 (Ledger C description begins General Ledger C, 1790–1799. Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 47; Clinton’s 1806 statement of account with GW’s estate, CSmH; see also GW to Clinton, 28 Feb. 1797, DLC:GW).

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