George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fitzhugh, 15 September 1798

From William Fitzhugh

Ravensworth 15th Sepr 1798

My dear Sir

I have been three Days in Alexandria, where I was in Hopes of meeting with Mr Joseph Lewis, but something I suppose has happen’d to prevent his being there at the appointed Time—I am sorry it was not in my Power to have spent a Day with you—If Mr Lewis shoud come down, he will certainly send his Horse to you but I beg you to remember that I have not purchased him, & that there is not the least necessity for your taking him, unless he is perfectly to your liking1—I fear the Horse you have lately bought, will not answer your Purpose—He has very great Teeth which I am persuaded Genl Spotswood knew nothing of2—With good Wishes for yourself, & Family, I am dear Sir your Aff. & Ob. Sert

Wm Fitzhugh

ALS, DLC:GW.

1GW wrote Fitzhugh on 5 Aug. 1798 about Fitzhugh’s purchasing a riding horse for him. There is no indication in GW’s ledger that he ever bought a horse from Joseph Lewis, but on 15 Dec. 1798 GW paid David Rees £200 for “a naraganset horse (cream colour)” (Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 50). Lewis may have been Joseph Lewis, Jr. (1772–1834), a Federalist who represented Loudoun County in the Virginia assembly from 1799 to 1803 and from 1817 to 1818. From 1803 to 1817 he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

2GW records in Ledger C description begins Manuscript Ledger in Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 47, on 15 Aug. 1798, paying Alexander Spotswood £300 “for a bay horse.”

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