Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Washington, 24 April 1794

From George Washington

Phila. 24th. April 1794.

Dear Sir

The letter herewith enclosed, came under cover to me in a packet from Mr. Lear, accompanied with the following extract of a letter, dated—London February 12th. 1794.

“A Mr. Bartraud, a famous Agriculturalist belonging to Flanders, put into my hands a few days ago several papers for Mr. Jefferson on the subject of Manuring and vegitation, requesting that I would forward them to him by some vessel going to America; being uncertain whether Mr. Jefferson is in Philada. or Virginia, I have taken the liberty of putting them under cover to you.”

Nothing, is more wanting in this Country, than a thorough knowledge of the first; by which the usual, and inadequate modes practiced by us may be aided. Let me hope then, if any striking improvements are communicated by Mr. Bartraud on the above important Subjects that you will suffer your friends to participate in the knowledge which is to be derived from his instructions.

We are going on in the old way “Slow” I hope events will justify me in adding “and sure” that the proverb may be fulfilled.—“Slow and Sure.” With very great esteem and regard I am Dear Sir Yr. Obedt. & Affecte. Hble Servt.

Go: Washington

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 May 1794 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) O. A. Bertrand to TJ, 8 Feb. 1794, and enclosures. (2) Tobias Lear to TJ, 12 Feb. 1794.

Extract of A letter: see Lear to Washington, 12 Feb. 1794, in DLC: Washington Papers.

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