To Bushrod Washington
Mount Vernon April 13th 1786
If royal gift will administer, he shall be at the Service of your Mares, but at present he seems too full of royalty, to have any thing to do with a plebean race. perhaps his stomach may come to him—if not, I shall wish he had never come from his most Catholic Majesty’s Stables.
Your Papa has not been here, yet. I am just come in from a ride—the Dinner bell rings—and your Man says he must go oflf after it1—so offer me affectionately to all—and believe me to be sincerly Yrs
ALS, DLC: John Davis Batchelder Autograph Collection.
1. GW “Rid to Muddy hole and river Plantations” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:310). John Augustine Washington arrived at Mount Vernon from Berkeley County on 9 May for a two-day visit (ibid., 327–28).