To George Augustine Washington
Mount Vernon 30th Sep. 17
Giles bringing the enclosed from Alexandria & presuming it was on the business he was sent about, I opened it before I discovered the mistake.1
Endeavor among other things you were to have enquired after, to engage me some Pompion (Pumpkin) seed. and ask if a good kind of sweet Potatoe seed can be had in case I should not be able to get enough in this part of the Country to plant an Acre of ground next Spring—this may properly be introduced into my course of experiments next season. We remain as you left us & join in best wishes for you & Fanny; & Compliments to all friends. I am Yrs Affectionately
ALS, MnHi. The date in the heading is partly torn off; George Augustine Washington, who was visiting in Fredericksburg, dockets the letter: “30th Sept. 1786.”
1. Giles was GW’s coachman. George Augustine Washington and his wife Frances Bassett Washington left for Fredericksburg on 29 Sept., returning on 9 October.