George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burgess Ball, 16 November 1793

From Burgess Ball

Leesburg [Va.] 16th Novr 93.

Dear sir,

We have been here about ten days, and are now tollarably fix’d.

I have been making Enquiry about Buck Wheat, and have given notice that I will give 2/ per Bush: (a Price the Merchts told me I might purchase for) but, from the Scarcity of Corn, which now sells @ 12/ per Barrell, I fear I shall not be able to get the Buck wheat for less than 2/6—For this price I’m sure I can get any quantity in a very short time, and if I can get it @ 2/ I shall be very glad—My Mill has taken in but very few Bushills—If you are willing I shou’d give 2/6, or whatever price, or quantity you may think proper, I shall be happy in executing your directions—If you’ll send me on Bank notes, I will negotiate them here, and, if they shou’d not be made use of, they shall be return’d. Please write me as soon as convenient.

I am happy to hear that Philada is almost reliev’d from the misfortune it has so long been afflicted with—I hope you run no risque. Wishing you every filicity, I am with the highest Esteem Dr sir Yr. mo: Obt servt

B: Ball

P.S. My Wife & Miss Milly (who is with us) desire their respects &c.1 B: B.

ALS, DLC:GW. The cover is stamped “ALEX Nov. 18”

1GW’s niece Mildred Gregory Washington was a sister of Ball’s wife, Frances Washington Ball.

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