To John Fitzgerald
Mount Vernon 3d Feby 1798
Thursday next is the day on which the Stock holders in the Potomack Navigation, are summoned to meet, in George Town. I have been pressed to attend; and mean to attend, if the weather will permit, and no unforseen event happens to prevent it—and if you are not otherwise engaged will take a family dinner with you, on my way up, the preceeding day (Wednesday).
I wish, & hope that the meeting may be full, for the state of that business does, in my opinion, require serious attention; It would be very agreeable to me, therefore, to have some conversation with you & Colo. Gilpin previous to the meeting. Among other things to suggest a fit character to supply the place of Mr Lear, who is determined to withdraw from the place he at present fills.1 I am Your Affecte Servant
ALS, NNC. Written on the cover: “Mr Dandridge left this letter at the office this morning—He did not say that an answer was required.”
1. In his diary entry for Wednesday, 7 Feb., GW wrote: “Went to a meetg. of the Potomak Co. in George Town. Dined at Col. Fitzgeralds [in Alexandria] & lodged at Mr. T[homas] Peters” in Georgetown, and on the next day he “met the Compy. at the Union Tavern & dined there” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:280, 281). GW recorded on 8 Feb. his “Expences in going to a meeting of the Potomak Compy in Geo. Town viz.—Tavern—Dinner & Horses £1.4.10 Ferriage and Servants—.15” (Day Book). Lear continued as president of the Potowmack Company until 1799. See also Tobias Lear to GW, 12 Jan., n.2.