George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Anderson, 3 November 1784

To Robert Anderson

Mount Vernon 3d Novr 1784.


Your letter of the 15th of Octor is at hand, & is the first I have ever received from you. Persons as well acquainted with Husbandry, in its various branches, as you profess yourself to be, & have credentials of, must no doubt be an acquisition to any Country, & meet with encouragement in this. I should be glad to employ a Man who has a perfect knowledge of Agriculture—skilled in the rotation of crops, & who understands feeding horses, Cattle, sheep &c. But before I would be under any legal, or honorary engagement, or put you to the trouble or expence of coming this way, I should be glad to know precisely your terms, wages &c. To which I wou’d give you an answer by the return of the Post. It may not be amiss to inform you, that it is a head or Director only I want; hands I could furnish from my own Estate to occupy any farm I have unengaged at present.1 I am Sir &c.

G: Washington


1Robert Anderson’s letter has not been found, nor is there any evidence of further correspondence with him. On 30 June 1785 GW wrote George William Fairfax for help in finding a farmer to manage the farming at Mount Vernon. It was through Fairfax’s agency that GW hired the English farmer, James Bloxham, who arrived at Mount Vernon in April 1786.

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