Virginia, Lancaster County, 16th Jan: 1797
I am informed by Mr Geo: Fitzhugh of your wish to Sell the tract of Land which you hold in Gloucester County (this State) and that he had been on a Contract with you for sd land, but had since declined it. Your letter to him dated the 28 of Jan: 1796 (which I now have before me) fully acquaints me with your terms—I will purchase of you—but if it should answer your purpose as well, should be glad if the second payment could be extended to a farther date, that is, a fourth at the conveyance, the other fourth in two years and so on in one or two years untill the payment be compleated. The Land I had reather be its own security. of your inclination still to sell, your Agent if any (in this State) by whome you sell and your terms if alter’d, be so good to let me know immediately by post. I am Dr sr Your very Humble ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.