George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ludwell Lee, 20 July 1797

From Ludwell Lee

Shuters hill 20th July 1797


The Cook I wish to dispose of, is at present under inoculation—As soon as he recovers, & is perfectly out of the way of communicating the disorder, he shall come down to Mount Vernon—You are perfectly welcome to keep him, till you have had a satisfactory trial of him—If he pleases you, I am sure we shall not disagree about his price.1

I have here about fifty bushels of Rye, but it is not yet cleaned from the chaff—I will have it done tho immediately, & if you can make it convenient, to send for it, about the middle or latter end of next week, it shall be ready for you, at the Cash price of Rye in Alexandria. With the highest sentiments of respect & esteem I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedt Servant

Ludwell Lee


1For references to the Washingtons’ loss of their cook Herculas and their prolonged search for a new cook as well as for a steward or housekeeper for Mount Vernon, see GW to Tobias Lear, 10 Mar. 1797, n.2, and Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to GW, 8 April 1797, n.3. On 7 Aug. Lee wrote that he was sending the cook, a slave by the name of Davy, out to Mount Vernon for GW and Mrs. Washington to make a “trial of him.”

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