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From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 21 July 1797

To Timothy Pickering

Mount Vernon 21st July 1797

Dear Sir,

I again take the liberty of requesting that the letters herewith sent may accompany your dispatches to Mr King 1—who I also hope will have the goodness to excuse the trouble I give him in this business, to insure the safety of the dispatches.

I hope I shall not have occasion to give either of you much more trouble in this way, as correspondencies of this sort were not of my seeking, and I have no disposition to keep them up, except with Sir John Sinclair (President of the National Board of Agriculture) on agricultural subjects.

One of the last productions of this Gentleman I transmit to you, with a request that if the Plan of establishing a similar Board in these United States should be re-entered upon at the next Session of Congress, you would be kind enough to lay it before the Committee which may be appointed for the purpose of preparing that business 2—I am always your Obedt & Affecte Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, NN: Harkness Collection; ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers; LB, DLC:GW; copy, MHi: Pickering Papers. Below the copy of the letter in the Pickering Papers, Jared Sparks wrote and signed this notation: “Nov. 12 1827—I have this day received the original of the letter, of which the above is a copy.”

2For the title of Sir John Sinclair’s pamphlet on the origins of Britain’s Board of Agriculture, see Sinclair to GW, 29 Mar. 1797, n.1. See also GW to Sinclair, 6 Mar., n.3.

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