|Sir||Spotsylvania County Virginia Febuary 16—1797|
About the 14 of last month I wrote you a letter, from Lancaster County (this State) and from my not receiving an answer & some other circumstance I have some doubt whither you have receiv’d it or not—the purpote of which was, that I was informed by your letter to Mr Geo: Fitzhugh of King George County (with whome you had been on a contract, and who has since declined it) of your in tent to sell your land which you hold in Glousester County—from my circumstances and my knowledge of the land I wish to purchase upon the terms you mention in that letter—of your intent still to sell your Agent in this state if any and other particulars you will much oblige me to let me know immediately by post as it will be a matter of importance for me to know soon. I am Dr Sr your very Humble sr.
When I wrote the letter mentioned above I was in Lancaster—from home, and expected to have continued there untill your answer should have arived; but I am now in Spotsylvania and shall continue.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.