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title:“George Mason to George William Fairfax and George Washington”
authors:George Mason
date written:1765-12-23

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Mason, George. "Letter to George William Fairfax and George Washington." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 1. Ed. Bernard Bailyn and James Morton Smith. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 60-61. Print.
Recipient's Copy, Washington Papers, Library of Congress

George Mason to George William Fairfax and George Washington (December 23, 1765)

Gunston-Hall 23d. Decemr. 1765.
Inclosed is the Scheme I promised you for altering the Method of replevying Goods under Distress for Rent: I thought it necessary to explain fully the Land-lord's Right by the common-Law, to shew that our Act of Assembly was a mere Matter of Indulgence, & that an Alteration of it now will be no Incroachment upon the Tenant: the first Part of it has very little to do with the Alteration proposed, & only inculcates a Doctrine I was always fond of promoting, & which I cou'd wish to see more generally adopted than it is like to be: the whole is indeed much longer than it might have been, but that you will excuse as a natural Effect of the very idle Life I am forced to lead. I beg you will alter such Parts of it as either of you think exceptionable.
If I had the Act of Assembly obliging our Vestry to pay for the Glebe &c. I wou'd prepare a Petition for Redress, & get it signed in Time.
Wishing the Familys at Belvoir & Mount Vernon all the Mirth & Happiness of the approaching Festival, I am Gentm. Yr. most obdt. Hble Sert.

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