George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Roberts, 29 August 1799

To William Roberts

Mount Vernon 29th Augt 1799

Mr Roberts,

I have been much disappointed in not seeing you according to promise—and more so from your silence.

My Millers time, as I informed you would be the case, expired the 12th of this month; but rather than leave my Mill to the care of Negros, he has consented to remain until this time; & will do so until the day after tomorrow, when he has engaged a Waggon to remove him & his things, to the place to which he is going—many miles from hence.

I request to hear from you immediately, for it is better to know the worst of a thing, than to be held in suspence.1 I remain Your friend &ca

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers.

1By 8 Sept. Roberts had arrived at Mount Vernon, very ill. See GW’s letter to Anderson of that date.

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