From Burgess Ball
Leesburg [Va.]-–5th Apl 94.
The Clover Seed & Chocolate Shells came safe to Hand yesterday1—I recd yours of the 23d ult. on the same day, wherein you seem to despond abt the Buckwheat; but I’m happy now to inform you that, with 98. Bush: which went off today, I have deliver’d 454½ Bush:, which I hope is in full time for sowing—The Ball: of 44½ Bush. shall be sent down in the Course of the running of the Fish; and, as I expect you intend to keep some to sow in the proper Season to make Seed for another year, I hope this Ball: will not be so immediately wanting2—I have wrote to Mr Pearce, informing him of this Arrangement, and that I shall want for my own use a considerable quantity of Fish for which I will settle with him, or, be accountable for in the Settlement of the Buckwheat with you.3 I am sorry I have it not in my power to embrace the kind offer of sendg a mare to one of the Jacks, as I have not one in the World, but hope by another Season I shall.4 War, in this part of the Country is the general Topic, and, I think never were People more united than at present, in shewing their Contempt for the Brittish. Miss Milly & Sammy have just arrived among us, and unite with Fanny & myself in best respects & good Wishes for you & Family,5 & I am Dr sir yr Affect. Hbe. st
3. Ball’s letter to William Pearce, GW’s estate manager, has not been identified.
5. Mildred Gregory Washington, a frequent guest of her sister Frances Washington Ball, was accompanied on this visit by her brother Samuel Washington.