George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Floyd, 17 June 1790

From William Floyd

New York June 17th 1790


Agreable to your Request I wrote for a Machine for gathering Clover Seed, it is now arrived, and is at the Store of Mr David Gelston in front Street, Subject to any orders you may please to give concerning it.

If no opportunity Immediately presents to Send it to Virginia, Mr Winkoop Requests that a Joyner may have it for this Day and tomorrow as a patern to make one by—from Sir your most Obedt and Very humble Servt

Wm Floyd

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection.

William Floyd (1734–1821) was born in Brookhaven, N.Y., and served as a major general of the New York militia during the Revolution. He was a member of the Continental Congress in 1774–76 and again in 1779–83 and a member of the state senate in 1777–78 and 1784–88. As a representative in the First Congress, Floyd dined with GW on at least two occasions. At one of these dinners—perhaps that of 14 Jan. 1790 when Henry Wynkoop of Pennsylvania was also present—GW may have requested Floyd to procure a machine for gathering clover seed for him (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:7).

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