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From George Washington to Alexander Spotswood, 1 February 1797

Dear Sir, Philadelphia 1st Feb. 1797.

Your letter of the 24th Ulto was received by yesterday’s Post, and for the information it contains I pray you to accept my thanks; As I do also for the kind offer you have made me of enquiring into the quality & value of the land I hold on rough creek in the State of Kentucky which I readily accept.

I have heard through other channels, that the above mentioned Land is possessed of valuable properties; and I authorised Major Georgle Lewis to buy the small tract adjoining, belonging to Mr Wodrow, on my account, but it is not within my recollection; at this moment, what the final result has been. Let me ask you, therefore, to converse, with him on this subject, & to pursue such measures respecting it, in my behalf, as you two shall conclude will be beneficial for me. I will follow your advice, and not dispose of the land until I receive your report respecting it, if that shall happen in any reasonable time.

Upon examination, I find I have not General Lee’s Conveyances of the Land to me; at this place, of course I cannot possess you of them: nor do I believe it is necessary, as Colo. Thomas Marshall, of Kentucky, has, on my behalf, paid the taxes of those lands from the first assement of them (as I have documents to shew) to a certain period; and was requested to do it regularly onwards, which I am persuaded he has done, or is ready to do. I will request the favor of you, however, while you are in that country, to enquire into the matter, & see that I have justice done me; as their has been no remissness on my part, or intention to with hold the Tax, from the State.

I sincerely wish you a pleasant Journey to Kentucky, & a safe return; and with the best regards of Mrs Washington united to my own, for Mrs Spotswood & the family, I am—Dr Sir Your Affecte

G. Washington


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