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From George Washington to John Sinclair, 31 December 1795

To John Sinclair

Philadelphia 31st Decr 1795


Since I had the honor of writing to you last, which, I believe, was by Mr Strickland,1 I have been favored with two letters from you both bearing date the 18th of July.

The one respecting Mr Elkingtons discoveries in the art of draining with the [“]Extracts, and out lines of the 15th Chap: on the subjt of manures” came to my hands just before the meeting of Congress—the other, enclosing the plan of an agreement &ca a few days ago only.

I will take an early occasion of conversing with some of the active & leading members in Congress on both subjects without any improper commitmt of the first, and will inform you of the result; But I dare not, before hand, promise more than my own good disposition towds these measures, as they may be checked by an unwillingness in the Legislative body to grant money generally & from some doubts of their Constitutional powers to do it for extraneous purposes however advantageous. But as I cannot make promises, so ought I not to anticipate evils.

Will you allow me to commit the packet herewith, for Doctr Anderson, to your care,2 and to assure you of the high esteem & regard with which I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt & obliged Hble Servant



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