To William Booker
Mount Vernon 7th July 1797
Your letter of the 3d instant from Richmond was recd by the last Post, and I embrace tomorrow’s Mail, the first since its arrival, to thank you for your attention to my request; to inform you that I shall be much pleased to see you here between the 20th & 27th according to promise; and that the Scantling got for the old, shall either be accomodated to the new Thrashing Machine, or other provided by the time above mentioned: and will have the Iron, and every thing else ready to avoid delay which cannot well happen as I have half a dozn Carpenters, & Blacksmiths of my own.
Should any thing happen (wch I hope will not) to prevent you from being here at the appointed time, be so good as to inform Yr Most Obedt Servant
ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers.
GW sent this letter to Booker under cover of a letter of the same date to Edward Carrington: “Dear Sir, I feel myself very much obliged by your kind & prompt dispatch of my letter to Mr Booker, who offering to be here between the 20th & 27th of the present month (if that would suit me) the enclosed is to inform him that it will, and that I shall accordingly depend upon it; & you would add to the favour already conferred on me in this business by letting it receive a safe, and as expeditious a conveyance as may offer, as he awaits my answer to decide on his measures. and because I am very desirous of having the Machine erected in time. With very great esteem and regard—I am—Dear Sir Your Most Obedient, obliged and Affectionate Servt Go: Washington” (ALS, CoCCC; letterpress copy, NN: Washington Papers). See GW to William Booker, 26 June, n.1.