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I had the honour to receive your obliging favour of the 20th June last some time ago—since which time I have had no opportunities of sending any parcels from hence, which is the reason I have not sooner acknowledged that favour—I am highly flattered with the kind reception you have given to my little work The Bee the 7th, 8th, 9th—10th & 11th Volumes of which will accompany this. The former...
I received, a few weeks ago the letter of the 25 April which you did me the honour to write to me. Lord Buchan, at the same time favoured me with a sight of what you had written to him. I can make no other return but the most sincere thanks for these unmerited marks of your obliging attention—I shall at least make it my study so to act as not to make you ashamed of this kindness. Tho’ it must...
I was favoured with your very obliging letter dated the 26th May last only a few days ago upon my return from a pretty long visit to a friend in South Wales. I learnt by a note from Lord Buchan that accompanied it, that it had lein here some time, from these causes I have not sooner had it in my power to acknowledge this favour. Along with it I received Six guineas which came safe, which is...
I wrote You on 1st And since have Yours of 27 Ultimo with Mr Carters letter —I now beg leave to hand reports of last week. And nothing particular having Occured since my last leaves me little matter of information—especially as I hope You will soon be at Your Seat, when this paper correspondence will be exchanged for my letter—As directed I forwarded your letter to Mr Carter And a Note from...
5Farm Reports, 2–8 April 1797 (Washington Papers)
When in November 1785 GW himself took over for a few months the direct, day-to-day supervision of his several farms at Mount Vernon, he devised the general format for the weekly reports that successive farm managers thereafter followed. The reports of the farm manager were based upon the reports that the overseers of the individual farms made to him each week and often included reports from...
6Farm Reports, 9–15 April 1797 (Washington Papers)
1797 April 9 in the Morning 50 N.W. clear 52 N.W. clear 50 W. cloudy 10 41 N.W. clear 46 N.W. clear 42 N.W. clear 11 52 W. clear 56 S.W. clear 52 S.W. clear 12 *62 S. clear 64 S. clear 62 S. clear *began Planting Corn on River Farm 13 62 S. cloudy
1797 April 16 in the Morning 54 S.E. & Rainy 56 S.E. & rain 54 S.E. & rain 17 56 S.E. & clear 60 S.E. clear 57 S.E. & rainy 18 51 N.W. cloudy 53 N.W. cloudy 51 N.W. clear 19 45 N.W. cloudy 47 N.W. clear 45 N.W. cloudy 20 46 N.W. cloudy 48 N.W. clear
1797 April 23d Morning 57 Thunder & Rain 59 W. Rain 57 W. cloudy 24 57 N.E. cloudy & rain 58 N.E. cloudy & showers 56 S. cloudy 25 57 S. & Rain 60 W. & clear 58 S. clear 26 60 W. clear 62 W. clear 60 W. clear 27 62 S.E. clear 64 E. clear
I am favoured with your letter of the 7th April last, and lose not one moment in acknowledging the receipt of it. I have forwarded the letters inclosed in it—with a request that the persons to whom they are addressed, to communicate with me on the subject. I shall use my best endeavours to find out a person who will suit you—and I hope I shall be able soon to write to you in a satisfactory way...
Your letter of 18th gave me much Satisfaction every alteration which You think well of will be attended to in the Planing & executeing the Improvement of Your Estate. And as much Grass seeds as possable saved for every purpose proposed. Your Excellency’s approbation and mark thereof in allowing me £140 Hire is very agreable for this & future times. It will please me better than any share, for...
I wrote to you by post on the 21t June last acknowledging the receipt of your favour of the 7th April, with the inclosures respecting a gardener, which I hope you have received. I have by the assistance of Mr Harper and Mr Foreman at last succeded in finding a Gardener for you whom I have engaged this day, and who will, I hope, afford you satisfaction. He will be the bearer of this. His name...
I have been favoured with your much esteemed favour of the 4th Novr last which came to hand about ten days ago. It gives me great pleasure to learn that you are in good health, and enjoying in peaceful serenity your well earned lawrels. That you may long continue to do so is the sincere wish of not me alone, but also of almost every person in Europe. I am glad to find that the gardener has the...
Letter not found: from James Anderson, 19 May 1798. On 22 May GW wrote Anderson : “Your letter of the 19th inst. has been received.”
I wrote You on the 19th to which I beg leave to refer You —In that letter I informed of the Robery of the Fish house. After some pains, have discovered Cooper Moses was in Town offering Fish in Barrels for Sale, He partly confesses that He did, But that I had given Him some. And He caught in the Run as many more as nearly filled one B[arre]ll. I have given some to Him. I do not think exceeding...
Letter not found: from James Anderson, 10 June 1798. On 11 June GW wrote Anderson : “In replying to your letter of yesterday....”
In reply to Your highly esteemed favor of 11th Inst. I am well Satisfied with the aditions You have been pleased to make to my present Accomodations, Viz. what flour my family may use, Fish as they may need them, and Spirits of Your own Distillation—and then only while You continue to fish at, or near to my house, and while You manufacture flour at Your Mill, & Distill Whiskie at Your...
I am ⟨writing⟩ a letter for Mr Wilson London the Cart carrys 2 Calves & some Butter besides the Wheat & Hams. You may rely on seeing me at Mount Vernon after Breakfast when the Cart will be set off and I will carry Your letters—see all & every thing safe on Board and always am Your most Obedt Humble Se[rvan]t I will send the Scow & great Boat early in the week with the flour. ALS , DLC:GW ....
Inclosed are the reports of last week I am just now Arranging And fixing the Stock in Winter Quarters, When I shall be able to take a correct Account And send in my next for Your information. Nothing new since Your departure And every part of the work is carrying on in the Order You direct—The Ditchers are employed in making good the weak places of the Mill Race before they begin to the...
Received Bu. Bu. lb. 1798 Novr 122 by Measure And by Weight 109  15 p. Bu. 8/2 53 139 by  do  And by  do  127  25 p. do 56 1799 Feby 16 177 by  do  And by  do  163   1 p. do 8/6 55 438
Isleworth, near London, April 15th, 1799. In a very long and repetitious passage Anderson expounds on the military, naval, and commercial advantages to Britain, and disadvantages to France, of France’s public policy. He then writes: “To such persons as believe that the stability of States, and the happiness of a people, are to be measured exactly by the amount of their wealth, and the extent...
On day of June 1797 I took the liberty to Write You relative to the management of the Farms on this Estate, And on the 18th of same month I had the honor of Your Answer. In this letter it was proposed to lessen the number of hands And Abridge the quantity of Land yearly to be under the Plough. Circumstances unnecessary to mention, prevented the Execution of this Plan. And since a Scheme of...
Letter not found: from James Anderson, 13 Sept. 1799. In his letter to Anderson of 16 Sept. GW refers to Anderson’s “letter of the 13th instant.”
Your favor of 16th is before me, And have duely considered the same, I will beg leave to trouble You with a very short reply—Well knowing You have but little time to Spare. As You in the Spring on Muddyhole ground, & in the field in the which Davies House stands spoke to me respecting continuing. And that the Sickly season is nearly gone, I have made no Arrangements for the next Year. And...
Refering to my last of 2d have now to hand You Report of last week, As said in my last I have now brought my Family here, which with Mr Pearce sickness has put it out of my power to send You Inventory of every Article I find here. It is however nearly compleat And will certainly forward it in my next—Which I intend by Monday. instead of this days post—I have been at all the Farm’s various...
Feby 1797 5 in the Morning 40 S.W. clear 42 SW clear 40 S cloudy 6th 47 S cloudy 46 S strong wind 45 S cloudy 7th 45 N.W. clear & Blowing 47 N.W. BL: strong & clear 44 N.W clear Wind down 8th 40 W. clear 43 S. clear 40 S.E. clear 9th 40 S.W. clear
Your letter of 5th came duely, And have now to hand You reports of last Week, in Writing of which in mistake began on the wrong end of 3 page—I am sorry that I have hitherto been unsucessful in procuring Fowls from Mr —It is said we are too late—And they are all sold—Shall still try—I have never heard from Mr Carter, And if I do not in a few days Shall try in some other place—Am Glad You are...
I was duely favored with Yours of 13th And the seeds which I delivered to the Gardener—I am sincerely happy in finding You approve my various Schemes—And as to the Distillery—will make it appear at least a 50 pCt trade have bought about 100 Barlls Corn at 20/. Another 100 will do untill late in the Fall When more will come in. And the Tailings will do for sometime to Mix with the Corn. Have...
A Meteorological Account of the weather Kept at Mount Vernon 1797 Feby 26 in the Morning 38 S. clear 40 S clear 40 S clear 27 40 S.W cloudy 42 S.W cloudy 42 W cloudy
Your respected favours of the Feby was transmitted to me by Mr Pinckney about a week ago, since which time I have felt uneasy lest you may have thought I neglected to return an answer, in time, to the letter you alude to dated in December last, which never has yet reached me. I shall regret, if in consequence of that circumstance, any thing that could have depended upon me shall have been...
Only Yesterday I had the honor to receive Your favor of 18th And in Answer, am well satisfied of Mr Pearce being a man of Character, and of Abilitys. And circumstanced as You are, must be of great value to You—You are pleased to say that from this and other reasons You advanced the Salary from £100 to 100 Gu inea s. I have to beg leave to observe that if You, & me come on Terms the lowest I...