George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 3 August 1771]

3. Began to Sow Wheat at the Mill also steepd in Brine with Allum put thereto.

This day began to sow the Brined Wheat at Muddy hole. Before this the Wheat was not steepd in Brine at this place.

Note—The Brine was made by the direction’s in the Farmers guide, as the common method practiced by Farmers but our Wheat was steepd only 24 hours instead of 35 which he recommends.

GW is steeping wheat in brine and alum in an attempt to prevent the fungus disease called rust. His “Farmers Guide” is The Farmer’s Compleat Guide, through All Articles of His Profession (London, 1760).

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