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From George Washington to John Eager Howard, 30 April 1797

To John Eager Howard

Mount Vernon 30th Apl 1797

Dear Sir,

Not sending to the Post office in Alexandria with the regularity I used to do (while I was in the discharge of public duties) I did not receive your favor of the 10th instant so soon as I should otherwise have done; & is the reason why the acknowledgment of it has been delayed.

I thank you for making the enquiries relative to the Cattle of Mr Gough, wch you have taken the trouble to detail; but thinking 200 dollars too much for a bull calf of nine months old, I shall decline purchasing the one he has for Sale; If however upon consulting my present manager (who is a very good judge of Cattle)he should think a calf of this Spring an acquisition at a hundred dollars, it is probable I may give you the trouble of receiving another letter from me on this subject.1 My best respects in which Mrs Washington joins, are offered to Mrs Howard & I am—Dear Sir—Yr Obedt Hble Ser.

Go: Washington

ALS, ViMtvL.

1On 14 June GW authorized Thomas Peter to buy a bull for him from John Threlkeld. A letter from Gustavus Scott two days later led to further steps to improve his herds of livestock at Mount Vernon. See Gustavus Scott to GW, 16 June, n.3.

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