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Letter to Tobias Lear, December 2, 1795
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Philadelphia, Tobias Lear, 1795 Dec. 2. 3 p.

Philadelphia 2d. Decr. 1795.
[Docket] recd – Decr. 7th. 1795

My dear Sir

Since writing to you on Monday I have seen and conversed with Mr. Myers; who is desirous of employment, and of removing from this place; which (having a pretty large family) he finds very expensive. He professes to understand perfectly, the various matters set forth in the card I enclosed you in my last; and was employed, according to his own account in the Lancashire navigation, in England until the call for Soldiers took away mo[st] of the hands. This [inserted: circumstance, added to] a desire of fixing his fortunes in America, where he has some property, in Land, and his wife [inserted: is] a native, induced him to embark for this country.

He disapproves of Locks made of Wood, but understands them in all their par[ts?]. He is healthy in appearance, stout & robust, and of a good humoured countenance. He professes to be moderate in expectations; & willing to put himself [2] upon trial a year; the wages to be fixed at the end of it. He gave me to understand however, that at the Lancashire works he received three hundred guineas a year and some small perquisites; and added that compensations were very much governed by the prices of necessaries, & the expence [sic] of living.

I told him I would write by this day’s Post; and by that of Thursday of next week, such an answer might be received, as to enable him to decide upon the eligibitity [sic] of his waiting on the Directors for further explanations.

I do not write formally, otherwise I should have directed this letter to the Board; but as you can easily consult the members of it, it would be well to express their sense on the contents of it. Nor do I mean to give any opinion [inserted: of my own] upon the subject; as the Directors know better than I do, in what train the affairs of the Company [strikeout], and what their wants are. All I shall say is, that if Mr. Myers really understands all he professes, particularly [3] that of Lock Navigation, he will not be long without applications in abundance; especially as the Members of Congress are now Assembling from all parts of the U. States.

Whatever you chuse [sic] should be said to Mr. Myers, let it be comprised in a letter to me, or him, as you please, if to me, I shall put it into his hands that there may be no misunderstanding of the sentiments. Give my love to Fanny and the Children & believe me to be

Your Affectionate
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