Mt. Clear, Feby. 22d 1766

Dear Sir,

I recd. your favour of the 7h inst. informing me of Richies Imprudence in declaring he would send for Stampt paper to clear out his vessel for the West Indies, but Postponed answering it, until I collected the opinion of some of my Neighbors on that lead, and have now the pleasure of informing you that many are ready at a moments Warning to assist in anything Destructive to him or his Intentions. In the meantime it is not Necessary to Apprise him of the consequences of his Arrogance, Whether or not Please to inform me of the time & place. When we may assemble & Affectually Prevent such Destructive Precedents & lest that fellow knows that the North side of the Rappahannock will not be passive. When any measures are in view sending to destroy more licenses. What my friend can you think of the Richmond gentry, certainly Ritchie would not have dared to hint such purposes in any other county in the Northern Neck and I am convinced he must have been moved in the bare mentioning of such an infamous design. I make no doubt but you have heard or the weight laid to catch the trading part of our country. That Great Britain is determined to inforce the Stamp Act but will allow us a free trade. This is a piece of finesse I hope every man amongst us will clearly see into that they have it all times in their power to lay on the same restrictions on trade that they have soe severely felt. Mrs. Washington and the General join in our best wishes to Mrs. Lee & the little ones I am Dear Sir with great esteem

Your affectionate humble servant

Sam Washington


NOTES: Transcribed by Dal Mallory, Susan Bailey, and Linda G. Ward from the original in the collections of Alderman Library, UVA.

Samuel Washington (1734-1781) was the younger brother of George Washington, and active in local politics despite his frail health and lifelong struggle with tuberculosis.