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Letter to John Augustine Washington, March 22, 1782


George Washington.  Autograph letter signed: Philadelphia, to John Augustine Washington, 1782 March 22.  3 p. + addr.


Phila. Mar. 22d. 1782


My dear Bro


Your letter of the 5th Instt. came to hand by my Nephew two or three days ago, but found me exceedingly hurried in preparing matters for my departure for the army on the North River for which I shall set out in an hours time.


Nothing can be more distressing to a feeling mind than to be asked to do what inclination strongly urges a compliance with on the one hand, and circumstances on the other prevents You are but little acquainted with the situation of my affairs if you suppose I have money at command the contrary from bad years, bad crops or bad management, is so true, that I find it difficult to support my family at home ( where the expences are at least equal to what they were when I lived there) with [2] Land in my Neck these have been offered to me upon certain conditions, & I have directed Mr. L Washington to purchase them if he can by any means whatsoever raise money by loan office certificates by borrowing on Interest by sale of Negros or any thing else pay for them, a<s> my desire of possessing the whole neck, for obvious reasons would be highly advantageous & desireable.


I have got Bushrod placed with Mr. Wilson a Gentleman of this [inserted: city] most eminent in his profession, and respectable in character his terms are higher than any other, but I judged it best, notwithstanding to submit to them this Fee I have undertaken to pay Mr. Wilson & it shall be no charge against you or your Son Inclosed is Wilsons letter in answer to mine any other assistance which may [3] information he can give, & have desired him (Bushrod) to give you his answer respecting the certificate.


Hurry & a pressure of Company on business [inserted: & which] to take leave prevents from adding more than my love to my sister & The Family in wch. Mrs. Washington Joins and to assure you that with the sincerest affection I am


Go: Washington


[address leaf]
Colo. Jno. Aug. Washington



Notes: GLC 6429.02 probably enclosed within this letter