George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 24 September 1765]

24. Took up Flax which had been in Water since the 12th. viz. 12 days.

flax: Linum usitatissimum. Arthur Young chided GW 19 May 1789 for wasting his time with flax. “What in the name of wonder can you do with flax? Not make linnen I hope; buy from England, from France, from Russia, anywhere rather than employ a soul in fabrics while wastes surround you by millions” (DLC:GW).

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