George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burgess Ball, 27 May 1794

From Burgess Ball

Leesburg [Va.]—27th of May 1794.

Dear sir,

For a considerable time past I have been in a bad State of Health, and to endeavour to regain it I took a Trip to Alexandria to put myself under the direction of Doctor Craik, & from thence made a Visit to Fredericksbg—I thank God, I find myself mendg, but have so little appetite I regain my flesh very slowly.

I saw Mr Pearce 2 or 3 times, and being inform’d by him that he had only sowed about 300 Bush: of Buck Wheat, I conciev’d you wd not want the 45½ which was lacking of the 500, as 100 or 150 will be a great deal to sow for Seed and Cows & Hoggs—If however you wd rather have the Buck wheat, I will with pleasure procure & forward it in full time—It is scarce indeed, but had not two men disappointed me, it wd have been in my mill long ago. The wheat I was obliged to give 2/6 per Bush: for, and for the Carriage 1/. per Bush:, so that the whole Amot of the 454½ comes to £79.10.9, out of which is to be deducted the 200 dollar Bank Note, 3 Bush: of Clover Seed, & 400 wh[i]t[e] Fish & 2500 Herring that I got of Mr Pearce. Mr Chs Carter who lives with the Atty Genl had the Settlement of my Sons affairs in Philada, and I am owing for him Ball: of 25 dollars, which Sum I must request you’ll be so good as to pay Mr Carter, and the Ball: of the Accot we can settle when we meet again.1

Colo. Washington has grown much heartier and for some time past has declined—which makes us all happy—miss Milly & Sammy are here and (with Fanny) unite with me in wishing you & yours every filicity.2 I am Dr sir with the highest Esteem Yr Affect. Hble servt

B: Ball

P.S. Mr Dandridge will be good enough to take the 25 dollars to Mr Carter for me. B.B.


1Burgess Ball, Jr., Ball’s son by his first wife, Mary Chichester Ball, died during the yellow fever epidemic at Philadelphia in 1793. On 24 June, GW paid $25 to Charles Landon Carter "on accot of Colo. B. Ball" (Household Accounts).

2Mildred Gregory Washington and Samuel Washington were siblings of Ball’s wife Frances Washington Ball.

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