From Harry Dorsey Gough
Perry Hall [Md.], 17th August 1797—
I had the Honor to receive this morning your Letter by Mr John Anderson.1 I wish it was in my power to send the Sheep you desire; some few years ago I took much Delight in that part of my Stock and brought it to great perfection, but they have unfortunately been since deseased and so much degenerated that I would not recommend their introduction on your Farm.
I flatter myself that you will excuse the liberty I take in presenting you with a Bull Calf of my improved Breed He has been for some time past marked as yours and I am very happy that Mr Anderson affords so good an opportunity of sending him to Mount Vernon. I am Sir with the greatest respect Your Obt Hbl. Servt
H. D. Gough
ALS, DLC:GW. Written on the cover is “ Mr Jno. Anderson.”
1. GW’s letter is dated 13 August.