George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Pearce, 13 November 1796

Mountvernon Novr the 13th 1796


I have Receved your Letter of the 6th Instant Together with the Memorandom and three heads of the Egyption wheat you Mention; This I have planted as you directed—and as to the directions contained In the memorandom I will pay all the attention to them In my power, during my Stay on your Estate, and will Likewise point out to Mr Anderson your Ideas of the different things which you Spoke to me about when you ware here and In Every other part of your Business I will Give him all the Information In my power.

With Respect to the free stone quarrey I have had Enough of the Stone made Bare for the person to Exammine It But as I Mentioned In my Last Letter I fear the Body of Earth that Covers It is too Great to work It to Advantage.

What Ever part of the New Road I do have done shall be done well, but It will be a very heavy Job.

at the Time I mentioned Mr Neals Being Ill he was very bad for a few days but got better, and got to work again, but his Complaind has now returned and he is very weak and can scarcly go about—we have got the Quarter at River Farm In its place and it will be nearly covered In this week. I have Inquired the price of oznabrigs In Alexandria But there is Scarcly any In town, and they asked me from 2/2d. to 2/5d. per yd for what was good for any thing by the Peice and to pay the cash Down for It and taking a considerable quantity I have Likewise Inquired the price of Linseed oil & paint which Is very scarce here oil is 9/ per Gallon white Lead 24/ per Cegg Spanish Brown 14/ dito yellow Ocor 1/ per pound and none of any account is to be got here.

The quantity of Barley made at Union farm 166 Bushels It Grew on 13 acres of land which you Measured by the fish house—but there was about 3 acres of Land which Lay on the west side that had very Little on it so that I may say It Grew partly on 10 Acres. I have sold It for a dollar per bushel—with the Rest abt 300 bushels In all.

I have had the Line of stakes on the Line of the new road Continued quite down to the River as you directed and It strikes the River by Cupits old house which stood In the Lot By my house.

I have sent the higth of the Rooms upstaires & garett The Size of the Cellar windows & of the Gates.

The weather Still keeps dry—we have had no rain since you Left this place the drought has I think Injured the wheat prety much.

It was my Intention to have went to the Estern shore of Maryland before now but I have had the Rheumatism, so bad I was not able to Travel—I am now some thing better & hope to set off the Last of the week—and If nothing happens To prevent It I Shall be back in 5 or 6 days from the Time I Leave this place. I am with the Greatest Respect Sir Your Humble Servt

William Pearce

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