<br /> Lee Letter: n176

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Thomas Johnson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir:

Presuming that Colo. Fitzgerald according to his promise has
communicated to you the vote of the Potomack Co. passed at the last
general Meeting, held at George Town, and the measures consequent of
it, taken by the directors, I shall trouble you with no more than the
result which you will find in the enclosed authenticated Act of the
Assembly of this State.

It is scarcely necessary to observe to you, Gentlemen, that unless a
similar one is obtained from your Assembly, during its present Session
that the work of navigation will soon be at a stand. You know what
steps have been taken, and how ineffectually, to collect the dividends
from the tardy members. The others think it hard to be further called
on and some indeed have announced they will advance no more until the
arrearages are paid up. To recover these will be a work of immense time
under the existing law.

You know best under what form to bring this matter before your Assembly. If
by way of Petition you will please to have one drawn, and if it is
necessary the name of the President should be affixed thereto, I hereby
authorize you to give it my signature

with great esteem I am,
etc.1

Notes:

1 From the “Letter Book” copy in the Washington
Papers
.