To William Thornton
Mount Vernon 1st Augt 1799
I shall be obliged to you for letting Mr Blagden know, that I forsee nothing, at present, that will prevent my being at the Union Tavern in George Town on Monday next (the 5th instant) by eleven Oclock. When & where, if he will attend I shall be provided with, & ready to pay him, a thousand Dollars in Columbia Notes.1
I thank you for the information, & sentiments given in your last favour of the 19th Ulto, which came duly to hand; and for your kind invitation to lodge at your House: but as the same cause which takes me up, will, at least ought to carry Mr Law there also, one, if not both the families at whose Houses I usually lodge will be there. With very great esteem & regard—I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt
ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers; copy, DLC: Thornton Papers. The copy in the Thornton Papers was used to confirm the reading of the very faint portions of the letterpress copy.
1. An entry in GW’s Day Book for 5 Aug. reads: “By Cash pd Mr Blagden through Doctr Thornton—on a/c of my building. $1000.”