George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burgess Ball, 21 January 1794

From Burgess Ball

Leesburg [Va.] 21st Jany 179[4].1

Dear sir,

I wrote you on the 17th ult: which I hope you recd—We have been obliged to Inoculate our family, White & Black, all of whom, (except one old woman not much less than 100 Years, who died) thank God, are at length over it.2 I mention this as some appology for my not havg yet totally finished gettg the Buck wheat.

None is yet gone to Mt Vernon, but tomorrow I intended commencg that Bussiness—I have got abt 425 Bush: & expect to get the Ballance this Week—To make sure, I have taken it all from the places where I bot it, and deposited it in my mill, from whence I shall haul it with my own waggons.3 The Post from hence goes only every other Tuesday, which keeps us here much in the Dark for News.

A rain havg fallen last night, wch it seems has made the road very bad, I fear we can’t haul for some days. Wishg you & yours all happiness Im Dr sir, with the highest Esteem yr mo: obt st

B. Ball


1Ball mistakenly wrote “1793.”

2Ball evidently had his family and slaves inoculated against smallpox since writing his letter of 17 Dec. 1793.

3William Pearce wrote GW on 4 Feb. that Ball had already sent 60 bushels of buckwheat to Mount Vernon and intended to continue sending it until a total of 500 bushels had been delivered.

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