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Letter from Fielding Lewis to Colonel George Brooke, Treasurer of Virginia (February 9, 1781)

In a letter to Colonel George Brooke, the treasurer of Virginia, dated February 9, 1781, Fielding Lewis asks to be repaid the money that he borrowed to establish an arms manufactory with his fellow merchant Charles Dick during the American Revolution (1775–1783).

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Dr Sir,

I expected to have received by Mr Dick, the money I have advanced for the Public Gunn factory at Fredericksburg, for which he had a warrant on the Treasury. No man is better judge of the loss I must at any rate sustain, by not receiving my money than you are, most of it was advanced as early as July, and without such advance the factory must have been discontinued, as no money could be had at the Treasury, or so little that the business must have suffered greatly. Had I suffered that the factory to have stoped, I know the public would have condemned me for it, alltho' I should not have been blameable, as the cause would have been want of money. You may remember that I was desired to borrow all the money I could for the use of the State. I
think I procured between thirty & Forty thousand pounds, seven Thousand of which I lent the State, being all that I had at that time on hand, by these advances I have distressed myself greatly, and at this time am not able to pay the collector my Taxes, and continue my business in the usual manner. I shall be greatly obliged to you to send me the money by Mr James Maury who has the Warrant can it be expected that the State can be well served, when its best Friends are used in the manner I have been treated.

I am Sr, your most ob: Servant, &c: &c