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  Letter to John Taylor, December 11, 1775
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: Cambridge, to John Taylor, 1775 Dec. 11. 2 p.

Camp at Cambridge 11th Dec[embe]r 1775.

Dear Sir,

In a Letter which I have receiv’d from Mr. Lund Washington dated the 24th. Ulto are these words. “I got a Letter the other day from Mr. Mercer wherein he says that Colo. Taylor & himself thinks that the money due upon Bond for the Sale of Colo. Mercers Estate, or at least all those Bonds that are due from Maryland, or near here, should be paid to me; those in Berkley, Frederick &c, to Mr. Mercer; as he was going up there & that they would advertise y[ou]r. People of it.”

It is sometime ago since I desir[e]d Mr. Washington to deliver all the Bonds; and every paper in my possession relative to the Sale of Colo. Mercer’s Estate, and the Power under which we acted to you; either in person, or to your written order as I found it would not be in my power to return to Virginia this Fall, and consequently utterly impossible for me to be of any further assistance to Colo. Mercer & his mortgagees. This he informs me he has done. From hence forward then the matter rests wholely with you. But as a friend to you – to Colo. Mercer – and to Mr. James Mercer – I must express my entire disapprobation of [2] for it in few words – there Situation is such (being on two Peninsula’s very strongly fortified and surrounded by Ships of War and Floating Batteries) that we cannot get to them and they do not choose to come to us. This being the case we have spent the Summer in drawing Lines of Circumvalation round them – cutting of all supplies of fresh Provisions by Land; and, latterly by water; For finding no great prospect of a visit from them, I fitted out (in behalf of the Continent) Six armed Vessels; with which we have Intersected their Provision Boats from Nova Scotia & Canada, and taken some others from G. Britain & the West Indies with Stores for the use of the Garrison, to the amount it is apprehended of near £20,000 Sterg. Except this few occurances have happened, not communicated in the publick Gazettes, worth noticing. My best respects to Mrs. Taylor and the Family, as also to your good Neighbours of Sabine Hall.

I am D[ea]r Sir
Y[ou]r most Obed[ien]t & Affect[ionat]e H[umble] Serv[an]t
Go: Washington

As I am inform’d that the Attorney General has left the Colony – in other words given it up – query whether some other Attorney ought not to be Imployed to prosecute the Orders, & desires of Colo. Mercer and his Mortgages. Y[ou[rs &
a[ffectionat]e Go: W[ashingto]n
Hon[orable]: J[oh]n Taylor Esqr.