Philadelphia 12th Novr 1796
A few months will put a period to my political existence—And a few days afterwards to my Residence in this City; Which I never expect to see again.
May I ask the favor of you therefore (if this letter should reach Your hands in time and Opportunities should present themselves) to Request and even to press, Colonels, Shreve & Cannon and Mr Charles Morgan to Settle & pay to you, before your departure, for Congress the balances respectively due from them to me, or if the money cannot be obtained from all or any of them, that I may at least Know what is due to me & What it is I have to expect from them, before I leave this City; After which their Communications with me Would be circuitous, if not hazardous.
I have so often made apologies for the trouble I have given you in my Western concerns, that I will not repeat them on this Occasion—but if the above named Gentlemen Would do as they ought, I could do more that is—promise I will give you no further trouble in this business unless occasions should arise which may call for professional aid, And you would receive compensation for the services Rendered me. With very great Esteem & Regard I am Dear Sir Your Obedt & Obliged Hble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.