George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Peters, 14 February 1794

From Richard Peters

14 February 1794

Dear Sir

I have returned, under a Hope of seeing them again when they have gone their rounds, the Papers you were so good as to lend me on Agriculture. I have not had sufficient Leisure to peruse them with the Attention they deserve. I have a great Desire to read them with Care.

I see no precise Object S[i]r J. has requiring more than a bare Acknowledgment of their reciept from you1—I have sent a Dozen of the Outlines for a State Plan of Agriculture; & on one of them have made the Remarks you will see there & for the Purpose I mentioned to you.2 I am with my sincere Respect & Esteem your obed. Servt

Richard Peters


1The papers that Peters was returning probably included some of those published by the British Board of Agriculture that John Sinclair enclosed in his letters to GW of 15 June, 15 Aug., and 11 Sept. 1793. For a list of the agricultural surveys and essays produced by this board that were in GW’s library, see Griffin, Catalogue of the Washington Collection description begins Appleton P.C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends , 89–95. GW acknowledged receipt of the papers sent on 11 Sept. in a letter to Sinclair of 20 July 1794.

2Peters enclosed a dozen copies of Outlines of a Plan, for Establishing a State Society of Agriculture in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1794), which was published by the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. On this proposal, see GW to James Madison, 8 Feb., and n.1 to that document.

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