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Letter to David Stuart, May 5, 1787


George Washington.  Autograph letter signed:  Mount Vernon, to David Stuart, 1787 May 5.  2 p.+ address leaf.


Mount Vernon May 5th. 1787.


Dear Sir,


I have received your favor of the 30th. and thank you for the ennumerations contained in it. – They are all clear and self evidt. and in some instances may be enlarged. – Did you communicate the Plan to Colonels Fitzgerald and Howe? – And how far did you give either, or both, reason to believe they would be recommended to Mr. Jefferson?  (to whom I shall write as soon as I get to Philada)? – I wish to be fully informed of this that I may govern myself accordingly.


On Monday after an early dinner, or on Tuesday Morning, I shall (my rheumatic complaint having got better) commence my Journey (I believe by the way of Annapolis) to Philadelphia. – It would therefore suit me very well to receive the sum mentioned when you were here last, at that place; [2] and probably, as you are going to Richmond, it may be so ordered. – Alexanders Bills or Mr. Morris would answer well – doubtfull Bills, or Bills which would be accompanied with delay, would by no means suit me, because the money would be applied 1st. towards paying a debt there – and 2d. in the purchase of some Goods for the family; if I can get them cheap there. –If I can render you, or Mrs. Stuart any services while there I shall be happy in the execution of your commands – With compliments & good wishes for the family


I am – Dear Sir
Yr. Obedt. & Affecte Ser

Go: Washington



[inserted over address:  This letter relates to some observations I had drawn up at the Genl request respecting the fitness of the Potomac for the China trade – as a place of deposit for the fur trade]

David Stuart Esqr.



[inserted at margin:  May 5 – 1787 –]



Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C.  The Writings of George Washington.  vol. 29:211-212.  Published in Twohig, Dorothy, et. al.  The Letters of George Washington.  Confederate series, vol. 5: 172.