George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 27 April 1797

From Timothy Pickering

Philadelphia April 27. 1797.


Not meeting myself with any private conveyance, I have committed to the Atty Genl the care of forwarding the packet with your buckles; and also mentioned it to Mr Harrison, whose wife will shortly go to her father’s, & who will carry it, if Mr Lee should not find a conveyance.1

Mr Barlow sent by Capt OBrien a parcel of Barbary mellon seeds, addressed to the Society of Agriculture of Philadelphia, and some Barbary wheat. The latter is to be sown in autumn. I will take care to send you half a peck or a peck, by some good conveyance. I now inclose small parcels of the mellon seeds, which were, all together, called by Mr Barlow, Barbary mellon seeds. Among the large black seeds there are some smaller, probably of a different species. I also send a portion of the small parcel of Barbary pink seeds, of various colours, which I rec’d from Mr Barlow.2 And am with great respect your most obt servt

T. Pickering

ALS, DLC:GW; retained copy, MHi: Pickering Papers.

1Charles Lee (1758–1815) who practiced law in Alexandria was at this time U.S. attorney general. Mr. Harrison was Richard Harrison, auditor of the U.S. Treasury. He was a partner in the firm of Hooe & Harrison in Alexandria and was married to Nancy Craik Harrison, a daughter of Dr. James Craik.

2See Pickering to GW, 5 April (first letter), n.2. Pinks, or sweet Williams, are annual or perennial herbs of the genus Dianthus, such as carnations.

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