From George Turner
Kaskaskia, December 1st 1794
I have taken the liberty to place your Name upon a keg filled with Pekán Nuts. May I beg of you to present them to your Lady—whose acceptance I should feel as an honour conferred on one who subscribes himself, impressed with Sentiments of the highest respect, Sir, Your most obedient and very humble Servant
ALS, DLC:GW. This letter is docketed “From Judge Turner 1st Dec. 1795,” but that date probably is an error. On 24 May 1795 GW sent a “bundle of Pekan, or Illinois nuts” to Mount Vernon for planting, and a payment by his steward for “a keg of nuts from N. Orleans” was recorded in GW’s household accounts on 25 May 1795 (GW to William Pearce, 24 May 1795, ViMtvL; Household Accounts description begins Presidential Household Accounts, 1793–97. Manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. description ends ).