Washington. Autograph letter
signed: Philadelphia, to John Augustine Washington, 1782 March 22.
3 p. + addr.
Mar. 22d. 1782
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.
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  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. –
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 
information he can give, & have desired him (Bushrod) to give you his answer
respecting the certificate.
& 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
Colo. Jno. Aug. Washington
GLC 6429.02 probably enclosed within this letter