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To George Washington from Burgess Ball, 21 January 1794

From Burgess Ball

Leesburg [Va.] 21st Jany 179[4].1

Dear sir,

I wrote you on the 17th ult: which I hope you recd—We have been obliged to Inoculate our family, White & Black, all of whom, (except one old woman not much less than 100 Years, who died) thank God, are at length over it.2 I mention this as some appology for my not havg yet totally finished gettg the Buck wheat.

None is yet gone to Mt Vernon, but tomorrow I intended commencg that Bussiness—I have got abt 425 Bush: & expect to get the Ballance this Week—To make sure, I have taken it all from the places where I bot it, and deposited it in my mill, from whence I shall haul it with my own waggons.3 The Post from hence goes only every other Tuesday, which keeps us here much in the Dark for News.

A rain havg fallen last night, wch it seems has made the road very bad, I fear we can’t haul for some days. Wishg you & yours all happiness Im Dr sir, with the highest Esteem yr mo: obt st

B. Ball

ALS, DLC:GW.

1Ball mistakenly wrote “1793.”

2Ball evidently had his family and slaves inoculated against smallpox since writing his letter of 17 Dec. 1793.

3William Pearce wrote GW on 4 Feb. that Ball had already sent 60 bushels of buckwheat to Mount Vernon and intended to continue sending it until a total of 500 bushels had been delivered.

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