George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Welch, 15 February 1799

To James Welch

Mount Vernon 15th Feb. 1799


The first of January is past, and February half gone, without my receiving any money from you; seeing you; or even hearing any thing from you, on this subject.1

I am in real want of it, and depended upon your repeated assurances of punctual payment at the time the first Rent became due. I hope I shall not have occasion to remind you of this matter again. I am—Sir Your Very Hble Servant

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

1For Welch’s acquisition of GW’s Kanawha lands, see Welch to GW, 29 Nov. 1797, n.1. When Welch wrote to GW on 10 Mar. 1799 asking for more time to make his first payment, which was due 1 Jan. 1799, it is not clear whether he had received this letter of 15 Feb. from GW or not. In a letter of 7 April GW gave Welch a severe scolding but agreed to wait a little longer.

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