To Benjamin Ogle
Mt Vernon 17th Augt 1785.
The enclosed from Mr Dulaney did not come to my hands (being from home) until sunday last. I thank you for your obliging offer of two or three Fawns; but presuming the season is now too far advanced either to catch or gentle them, I will not send before I hear further from you on this subject.1
If it is too late to obtain them this year, I would thank you for the like number next Spring; by which time I shall have a proper inclosure for them, & for the Deer of this Country, of which I am also endeavouring to procure a stock to breed from.2 With compliments to Mrs Ogle, I have the honor to be &c.
1. The enclosure from Benjamin Tasker Dulany has not been identified, but there is in DLC:GW a letter, docketed by GW, from Ogle to Dulany, dated 12 July. It reads: “I recd yr favr by Cracroft & do assure you Genl Washington (to whom present my Complts) is exceedingly wellcome to two or three fauns, Mr [Richard] Sprigg spoke without Book when he said I was unwilling to part with them, the truth is its very difficult to catch them & I wish the General may not be disappointed, but if he will send a careful hand I will give all the assistance in my power.”