To William Augustine Washington
Mount Vernon 14th Feby 1799
My dear Sir,
Mr H: Washington affords me a very good opportunity to inform you, that if your Crop enables you to supply me with a hundred Barrels1 of Corn over and above the quantity Contracted for, I shall be willing to take it on the terms I do the Five hundred Barrels; and that I shall be willing to receive a part of the whole at any time you may find it convenient to forward it, as the danger of Frost, & shutting up my Creek, I hope is passed for this Season.
I am sorry I hear of your confinement, and trust if it is not quite at an end, that it cannot be far from it. Mrs Washington unites with me in best wishes for you, and I am—My dear Sir Your Affectionate Uncle
ALS (photocopy), NN: Washington Collection; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW. The ALS was listed for sale in Joseph Rubinfine’s list no. 118, item 25.
1. For the agreement between GW and William Augustine Washington that GW would buy from his nephew 500 barrels of corn each year, see GW to W. A. Washington, 26 June, 3 Oct. 1798, and W. A. Washington to GW, 24 July 1798. On 12 Feb. 1799 “Mr. Hen. Wash. came to dinnr” at Mount Vernon (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:334), probably Henry Washington (1765–1812), son of GW’s cousins Lawrence (b. 1749) and Susannah Washington.