This will has not been found and was probably destroyed by GW at some later and
propitious time. Edmund Pendleton ( 1721-1803) was a prominent jurist and a man of great
legal talent. He was a member of the Committee of Correspondence in 1773, a member of
all the Virginia revolutionary conventions, president of the Committee of Safety, a delegate
to the First and Second Continental Congress, and first speaker of the Virginia House of
Delegates. Pendleton drew up the resolves, instructing the Virginia delegates to propose
independence. Together with Wythe and Jefferson he revised the laws of Virginia. He had
a long standing friendship with GW and served as a legal advisor. However, they did not
always agree on foreign and fiscal policies in government.
Dr. Hugh Mercer (c. 1725-1777) was a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, studied
medicine, and was surgeon's mate at the Battle of Culloden. Sometime thereafter he
immigrated to America and at the outbreak of the French and Indian War joined the
provincial forces. It was at this time he became acquainted with GW. After the war he settled
in Fredericksburg, where he opened an apothecary shop and practiced medicine. At the
outbreak of the Revolution he again volunteered and was commissioned a Brigadier-general
in July of 1776. He was killed at the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777. Washington sold
his boyhood home, Ferry Farm, to Mercer in 1774. Mercer was still in arrears for the purchase.
Amelia (Milly) Posey was the daughter of John Posey by his first wife, Martha Price
Posey. She was a childhood companion of Patsy Cusfis and is frequently mentioned in GW's
diaries and correspondence. She was a frequent visitor at Mount Vernon. The Washington's
interest in her did not wane after the death of Patsy, for she spent most of the war years
at Mount Vernon. The last mention of her is in a letter of GW to Lund Washington, March
18, 1781, in which the Washingtons send her their best wishes.
GW requested the Bank of England stock be sold and the proceeds used to pay off his
indebtedness to the Cary firm. MW executed the request, since the stock was part of the Custis estate, having been purchased by John Custis many years before. The bank directors
refused to honor the request, requiring additional documentation. The matter was not
settled until after the Revolution.
This letter, like all others, has not been found.
From George Washington
My dearest, Phila. June 23d. 1775
As I am within a few minutes of leaving this City, I could not think
of departing from it without dropping you a line, especially as I do not
know whether it may be in my power to write you again till I get to the
Camp at Boston - I go fully trusting in that Providence, which has been
more bountiful to me than I deserve, & in full confidence of a happy
Meeting with you sometime in the Fall - I have no time to add more, as
I am surrounded with Company to take leave of me - I retain an
unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change.
My best love to Jack & Nelly
1 and regard for the rest of the Family
concludes me with the utmost truth & sincerity,