Philadelphia 13th Nov 1796
Your favor of the 12th Ulto did not get to my hands until I had been arrived in this City, sometime, or it should have received an earlier acknowledgment.
It would have been pleasing to me, as much on acct of the esteem I feel for you, as for the satisfaction of viewing my land with more accuracy, to have found you at home. As the case happened, I took only a hasty & superficial view of parts of the Tract.
I am very much obliged to you, for the trouble you have taken to obtain a settlement with Mr Jones for the Rents of the above Land, and as it is not in my way to do it, and besides, as I am entirely unacquainted with the circumstances attending the Tenants, in short as I know not what is due from either of them, or from Mr Jones himself, it would render me a very acceptable Service if you would be so obliging as to bring past transactions to a close; and advise me what had best be done in future, relatively to the Rents, the Tenants; and even the Land. With very great esteem I am Dear Sir Your Obedt & Obliged Public Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.