To James McHenry
Mount Vernon 2d Jan: 1798
This letter will be presented to you by Mr Elliot, the son of a meritorious Officer in the Revolutionary War. He has equitable (if not legal) claim to Land. I have advised him to shew you the nature of it. If it is within your power to serve him, I am sure you will. If not, you can advise him as to the course best to be taken.1 Always, & sincerely, I am Your Affectionate Humble Servant
ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
1. In his diary entry of this date, GW recorded that “a Mr. Elliot came to dinnr. and stayed all Night” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:276). The visitor, Barnard Elliott, Jr. (c.1777–1806), was the son of a leading political figure in colonial South Carolina who served as lieutenant colonel in the South Carolina Regiment of Artillery during the Revolution before his death in 1778.