|Sir||Mountvernon Novr 17th 1796|
I have Recived your Letter of the 14th Instant.
With Respect to Mr Alexander Smith I have Taken up his note of 6439 Dollars which was Lodged In the Bank of Alexandria & have Taken 2 others one payable on the 24th day of December—for 1600 Dollars—the other for 4839 Dol[lars] payable the first day of March those notes are now Inclosed by Danniel Duglass & Jesse Simes they are both c[onsi]dered good men and I beleive Mr Smith him self good for the money—but Mr Simes Is considered as the Most Monied man In Alexandria. I inquired of Several Gentlemen, men In Alexandria with Respect to his Credit & Circumstances and I am fully assured that there is no man safer—but Mr Smith Desired me to Inform you If on Inquirey you should not think the money perfectly Secure he will Give further Security. and at the same time Desired me to Inform yo[u] was Exceedingly obliged to you for your Indulgence & says that he will Ceartainly pay to the Time agreed on In [the] notes.
This will be Given to Mr Lear who I have Requested the favour of to send on with a note of his to Give you his opinion with Respect to the goodness of the Indorsers of the notes and If he is not fully Persuaided they are safe I will Git Mr Smith to add others To them.
James wilks went on In the Vessel which Took your goods. I am with the Greatest Respect Sir your Hume Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.