Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Washington, 21 August 1791

From George Washington

Sunday. 21st. August

Dear Sir

At eight o’clock A:M tomorrow, I set out for Mr. Powells farm, to see the operation of Colo. Anderson’s threshing machine.—I Breakfast, you know, at half past Seven; if it is convenient to take that in your way, I should be glad to see you at it.

When you have read the enclosed letters I will converse with you on the subject of them.—I am always yours,

Go: Washington

RC (DLC); addressed: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Aug. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.

Powell: Samuel Powell (1731–1793), a friend of Washington’s and president of Philadelphia’s agricultural society, lived on Third Street between Spruce and Walnut in Philadelphia, but kept a farm on the Schuylkill River just across the Market Street bridge. TJ accompanied Washington to that place to see demonstrated Alexander Anderson’s threshing machine (Arthur Young, ed., Annals of Agriculture & Other Useful Arts [London, 1792], xvii, 206–8; TJ’s Account Book, 22 Aug. 1791). The enclosed letters have not been identified, but probably had to do with the subject of TJ’s letter to Thomas Harwood of the following day, printed below.

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