George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Powel, 4 May 1793

To Samuel Powel

[Philadelphia, 4 May 1793]1

Dear Sir,

By one of the late ships from London, I have received from Mr Arthur Young two sets of his Annals—numbered from 98 to 108 inclusively.2

Although no direction is given concerning them, I take it for granted that one set is intended, as usual, for the Agricultural Society of this City, and to you, as President thereof, I send them accordingly.3 With estem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Obedt Servt

Go: Washington


1Both the draft and letter-book copy indicate that this letter was written at Philadelphia on 4 May 1793.

2This set of Young’s Annals of Agriculture may have been included in a parcel from Young that arrived in mid-April aboard the William Penn (Young to GW, 17 Jan.; Thomas Pinckney to Thomas Jefferson, 10 Feb. 1793, Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends 25:166–67; JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 110).

3For Young’s earlier requests that GW forward volumes of his Annals to the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, of which Powel was president, see Young to GW, 1 Feb. 1787, 25 Jan. 1791. GW’s library contained copies of the Annals at the time of his death (Griffin, Boston Athenæum Washington Collection, description begins Appleton P.C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends 230–31).

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