GW at Philadelphia. GW wrote to his sister Betty Washington Lewis asking if his nephew Howell Lewis would be willing to work as a secretary in his employ, an offer that Lewis subsequently accepted. GW also wrote to David Stuart, one of the Commissioners for the District of Columbia, discussing the prospect of a bridge over Rock Creek, architect Pierre L’Enfant’s rejection of compensation, and candidates for the Office of Superintendent.
George Augustine Washington, GW’s nephew and manager of Mount Vernon, wrote to GW about life at Mount Vernon. He discussed the arrival of plants and seeds, the beginning of the planting season, matters concerning John Mercer and Matthew Whitting’s bond, and the death of a slave named William.