From Daniel Morgan
30th Octr 1797
This will be handed to you by Mr James Welch of greenbryor county who is Desirous to lease your conhaway lands—I am Not acquented with Mr Welsh myself only from History and by sight I Know he is in trade at greenbreor court house, he brought letters from some of my acquintance in augusta wishing me to Introduce him to you by a line.1
I set out for congress on Wednesday week, old Robin my old opponant have been Draging me about the Destrict by Notifications taking Depositions for five weeks past. but I believe the old man conceives himself Defeated Now.2
I recd a letter from Presley Nevell from Pitsburg 3 of a very late Date who says by way of P.S. to his letter—that the post had just arrived with the Intelligence that the enhabitants of the Natchees have Declared in fevour of france and hoisted the white flage that the Indians had attact fort recovery but were beaten off with the loss of one Killd & several wounded—I am afraid for ⟨El⟩icott—am also afraid of French Influance.4 I heve the Honor to be with great Esteem your obedt servt
ALS, DLC:GW. On cover: “by Mr Welsh.”
The old soldier Gen. Daniel Morgan (1736–1802), who settled in Frederick County, Va., after the Revolution, owned up to a quarter of a million acres of land in the West, mostly in the Northwest Territory. At this time he was a member of the U.S. Congress.
2. After Morgan had defeated Robert Rutherford (1728–1803) in March 1797 for a seat in Congress, Rutherford challenged the election, charging irregularities at the polls.
3. Presley Nevill (1756–1818), originally from Frederick County, Va., lived near Pittsburgh. He was married to Morgan’s daughter Nancy.
4. Andrew Ellicott (1754–1820) was sent in late 1796 to survey the boundary between Spanish territory and the United States.