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Letter to Major John Polson, September 28, 1788

George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon, to Major John Polson, 1788 Sept. 28. 2 p.

Mount Vernon Sept[embe]r 28th 1788


Your letter of the 25th of July by Capt[ai]n Milford came duly to hand; but I did not recollect to have received one dated Sept[embe]r 2d. 1783, spoken of therein. At that period I was with the Army in the State of New York and did not return to Virginia until the beginning of the succeeding year – all foreign letters to me, therefore, must either have passed the British Lines or take their change in Merchantmen. Both, were hazardous conveyances.

Every information (and small indeed it is) that I can give respecting your Land on the Great Kanhawa, is communicated to Capt[ai]n Milford; with a request that he would transmit a copy of it, with this letter, to you. His ship lays near Willisburgh where your late attorney Mr. Cray lived, at the time of his decease – and where I presume his Executors (from whom the best information I conceive is to be had) must now live. Besides, in this situation Capt[ai]n Milford is not far distant from Richmond, the Seat of the government and information, on account of the general resort to it for the purposes of attending the Courts – the Assemblies – Public Offices – &ct – &ct. From me, this place is far removed; and one to which I seldom or revenge. Indeed I rarely stir from home, and having made an enquiry into the matter, am entirely ignore as to the disposition of any of the Land, which were granted to the Virginia Regiment raised in 1754, after Patents were obtained for them [2] except those of my own; and these were within an ace of being sold for the paying of Taxes due on them, before I received information thereof.

If it was in my power to point you to a proper character (who lived convenient, and would accept it) for an agent, I would do it with pleasure – but for the reasons above, it really is not. From Richmond there is a continual intercous with the Western Country – from hence we scarcely have any – Cap[tai]n Milford will have it much more in his power than to serve you in this respect.

I am – Sir
Your Most Obed[ien]t H[onora]ble Serv[an]t
Go: Washington

Maj[o]r J[oh]n Polson