To Tobias Lear
MOUNT VERNON 31st. March 1799.
If perchance you should happen to see Mr. Blagden before you leave the City, be so good as to get from him a statement of the preparations for my buildings therein. I do not find by inquiry of Mr. Lewis, that there is much show of this on the ground!1 I advised strongly that the foundation stone and lime, should be laid in last Autumn, when the Roads were good;—had this been done the Work might have commenced (without the hazard of disappointment) with the opening of Spring. Now, bad Roads, & multiplied excuses may be a plea for the backwardness of the Work.
I pray you also to enquire if there be any advice of the arrival of the Ship Hamilton (on board of which I had six Hhds. of Tobo.) at London.2 We all unite in best wishes for you—and I am Your Affecte friend
Do not forget my Gardener’s Dictionary at Mr. Laws.3
Letters and Recollections of George Washington description begins Letters and Recollections of George Washington: Being Letters to Tobias Lear and others between 1790 and 1799, showing the First American in the management of his estate and domestic affairs. With a diary of Washington’s last days, kept by Mr. Lear. New York, 1906. description ends , 128.
3. GW may be referring to Philip Miller’s Abridgement of the Gardener’s Dictionary (London, 1763), which was listed in the inventory of his library taken after his death.