To William Pearce
[Mount Vernon, 6 September 1797]
. . . but as the Season is now far advanced, and you have hitherto been unsuccessful, and the wages of those you think good, are besides high; I shall, rather than run a risk of doing worse, engage Cask [Cash], who seems to be a sober, active & obliging man, for the coming year, which will complete my wants. . . .1
The Collector, nos. 9–11 (1962), item r420. Only this printed fragment of the letter has been found.