<br /> Lee Letter: n207

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: General Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

Your letters from Fredericksburgh and Stratford, have both been
received; and their contents will be attended to when the list of
applications come under consideration.

Tomorrow (being requested thereto by the Secretary of War) I shall set off
for Trenton. This, of course, will deprive me of the pleasure of seeing
you, while you are on the promised visit to this County. It is
necessary therefore I shd. inform you that, no report (as indeed I
expected would be the case) has been made by Mr. Jesse Simms relative
to Major Harrisons Land, adjoining my mill. And that, to my surprise,
when I came to examine the details of your City property, more
attentively than it was in my power to do, in the hurried manner in wch
the list of it was presented, and to make enquiry into the value
thereof, I found that instead of lots of the Standard size (as I took
it for granted they were) that each of those lying on Pennsylvania
Avenue have been split into two parts (having only 25 feet front to
them) and for these half lots, that I am asked more than lots equally
convenient sell at. To receive payments on such terms, when my object
was solely to accomodate you, could hardly be expected.

If you are disposed to part with your land near Harpers Ferry; Your land in
Loudoun; any unincumbered property in the City; or, in short, almost
any other that can be rendered productive, at a reasonable valuation by
disinterested men of good character, I would accept it in payment
rather than make difficulties, or be involved in disputes; although you
well know that nothing will answer my purposes like the money, of which
I am in extreme want, and must obtain on
disadvantageous terms. But it is not to be expected from hence that I
will receive the former at an arbitrary price, which every well
informed person knows it cannot command.

The Deeds which passed between you and me in the Month of April last, I
sent to Mr. Bushrod Washington to have recorded; asking him at the
sametime if they were not defective in proper recitals? Enclosed, or
rather with this letter, Mr. Anderson will, when he hears of your being
in Alexandria present you with his opinion thereon, with a Deed ready
drawn, according to my Nephews directions for your signature. The one
from me to you, I have acknowledged before Evidences, and request you
will do the same by that from you to me.

With great esteem etc.