To Mason Locke Weems
Mount Vernon 31st March 1799
Your letter of the 26th instt came duly to hand. In answer thereto, I inform you that, my sale to Mr James Welch, of the Lands I hold upon the Great Kanhawa, is conditional only.
He has a Lease of them at a certain annual Rent—which if punctually paid, for Six years, and at the end thereof shall pay one fourth of the sum fixed on as the value of them; and the like sum by Instalments the three following years, and this without any let or hindrance—that then, and in that case only, I am to convey them in Fee simple—not else.
This is the nature of the agreemt between Mr Welch and Sir—Your very Hble Servant
P.S. It may not be amiss to add that the first years Rent (due in Ja[nuar]y last) is not yet paid.1