George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Wakelin Welch, 5 August 1786

To Wakelin Welch

Mount Vernon 5th Augt 1786.


On the other side is a copy of my letter to you of this date1 under cover to Arthur Young Esqr. of Bradford Hall, near Bury in Suffolk. The articles which I have written to him for are,

2 ploughs, with spare shares & coulters; & a mould to form others on.

A little of the best kind of cabbage seeds for field culture.

20 lb. of best Turnip seeds.

10 bushels of Sainfoin seeds.

8 Do of the winter Vetches.

2 Do of rye-grass Seeds.

50 lb. of Hop clover seed; & a little Burnet seed, if it is in estimation with Farmers.

Perhaps he may add a few seeds of other kinds—perhaps he may encrease the quantities above, & possibly add some other instruments of Husbandry, tho’ I have written for none, nor have I reason to expect any, unless he may be disposed to send some very useful ones without waiting a request. It is also possible, tho’ I have very little expectation of its happening, that he may engage me a common plough-man.

Your paying the cost of these things and forwarding them in a vessel for Potomac, will much oblige me; as it will to convey the letters herewith enclosed, to their respective addresses. I am &c.

G: Washington


1GW’s other letter to Welch of 5 Aug. is printed in note 31, GW to Arthur Young, 6 August.

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