George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Meade, 19 December 1793

From George Meade

Decr 19th 1793

Mr Meades most respectful Compliments to the President, & takes the liberty, of Informing him, that his Seed arrived, in the Mohawk, from London, & on enquiry of the Capt. for it, he informd him, it was sent to the Custom house.1 Mr Meade sent the Original order a Year ago, & the Vessell never arrived, he repeated it some time since, to his Correspondent George Barclay Esqr., who writes him 28 Sepr from London “I have bought the Presidents Seed here, it is the best French, & from Ireland, it goes by the Mohawk, when I get Gordons Acct of the Cost, I will send it to You, there is about 40 lb. of it, 1/ per lb. You may depend on its being the very best, they have it from Ireland on Purpose.” 2

When Mr Meade receives the Acct he will send it to the President, Mr Lear was so particular that he accompanied the order with a Ten Dollar Bank Note.3


1The Mohawk arrived at Philadelphia on 25 November.

2George Barclay was a merchant located at 84 Hatton Street in London. James Gordon (d. 1794) was a partner in Gordon, Dermer and Co., seedsmen located at 25 Fenchurch Street in London.

3Meade is referring to Tobias Lear’s letter to him of 1 Jan. 1793, which requested that Meade procure furze seed for GW.

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