George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 24 April 1794

To Thomas Jefferson

Phila. 24th April 1794.

Dear Sir,

The letter herewith enclosed came under cover to me in a packet from Mr Lear, accompanied with the following extract of a letter, dated—London February 12th 1794.1

“A Mr Bartraud, a famous Agriculturalist belonging to Flanders, put into my hands a few days ago several papers for Mr Jefferson on the subject of manuring & vegitation, requesting that I would forward them to him by some vessel going to America; being uncertain whether Mr Jefferson is in Philada or Virginia, I have taken the liberty of putting them under cover to you.”2

Nothing, is more wanting in this Country, than a thorough knowledge of the first; by which the usual, and inadequate modes practiced by us may be aided—Let me hope then, if any striking improvements are communicated by Mr Bartraud on the above important subjects that you will suffer your friends to participate in the knowledge which is to be derived from his instructions.

We are going on in the old way “Slow” I hope events will justify me in adding “and sure” that the proverb may be fulfilled. “Slow and Sure.” 3 With very great esteem and regard I am—Dear Sir Yr Obedt & Affecte Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers. Jefferson docketed this letter as received on 6 May.

2On the papers sent by O. A. Bertrand, see his letter to Jefferson of 8 February. GW also enclosed Lear’s letter to Jefferson of 12 February. For both letters, see Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 28:16–20.

3GW may be referring to the English proverb “slow and sure, like Pedley’s mare.”

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