George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Smith, 9 November 1796

Alexandria Novr 9th 1796


Need usaly Allone is the Only Cause of my troubling You Once more when I wrote last I had Every Reason to beliave that it would be in my power to pay Your mony when Due by makeing Some Small Sacrafice but my hopes in Some mesure is blasted Since that t[i]me I have had payments withheld to Amtt [   ] near ten thousand Dollars for flour Salt and Cash lent and I find that I Cannot Collect therefore Shall be Obliged to Give time I have Sufitiant to pay Every Gentlemn that I Owe One Shilling without Selling Reael Estate but at the Same time will Dispose of Any property I have to pay my Debts I therefore Request it as a Singuler favour to Only Give me Ninty Days more indulgance from the 24th this month At which time Your mony becoms Due you Shall have the Same inclosur I hav[e] Communicated my mind to Mr Wm Pe[arce ]and Showed him a Statement of my books in Order that he may more fully Sattisfey you that their is no Danger of Loosing Any mony by me at present I D[o] not think it will be in my power to take Up my note a few lines On this business will be thankfully Received By Your Obednt Hule Sert

Alexr Smith

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