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Letter to Daniel Carroll, January 9, 1787

George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon, to Daniel Carroll, 1787 Jan. 9. 2 p.

Mount Vernon 9 Jany 1787


Your letter of the 26th. Ult. did not reach me till within these 3 days, or it should have received an earlier acknowledgment.

The land I advertised for Sale in Fayette County containing 1650 acres or thereabouts, by the Patents, may, as a tract, be considered as equal to any in that County, or Country; but as it is my wish that the purchaser should examine it, I will say no more than that there is an appearance of a rich Iron Ore at the door of the Mill, which is now much out of repair.

Small tracts of land in the vicinity of this, of the same quality have sold for three pounds & upwards Penns[ylvania]. Curr[enc]y an Acre. But if one person will take the whole of mine, I would let it go for Forty shillings that money an Acre (payable in Specie) one fourth down, the other three fourths in annual payments, with interest [2] from the date of the Bonds; perhaps a longer time might be allowed.

I am Sir
Your very Hble Serv
Go: Washington

Mr D. Carroll.

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, 29: 140-141.