George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Herbert, 30 August 1799

To William Herbert

Mount Vernon 30th Augt 1799

Dear Sir,

Although I have more than a sufficient deposit in the Bank of Alexandria to take up my note;1 yet, as I know also that there will be calls upon me that may not be conveniently answered without that aid; I have thought it advisable (as the 60 days has, or is about to expire) to renew it: and will thank you for taking the necessary steps to effect it accordingly.2 With very great esteem and regard—I am Dear Sir Your Most Obedt & Affecte Servant

Go: Washington

ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers.

1GW took out his first bank loan in June 1799. See GW to Herbert, 25 June, nn.1 and 2.

2Herbert replied later this day: “From what passed between us, when I was Last at Mount Vernon, I Concluded, that you did not Mean to renew your Note in Bank, Consequently did Not Send you a Note to Sign for that purpose, however It is not now too late, & you have one Inclosed, which You will please to return to me to Morrow, as it must make a part of this Weeks discount & of Course, dated on Monday last” (DLC:GW). Herbert had dined at Mount Vernon as recently as 7 Aug. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:359). See GW’s response of 1 September.

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